MediLodge Wellness Reminder: January National Oatmeal Month

The Most Powerful Breakfast for Weight Lossoatmeal

Did you know that simply eating breakfast raises your metabolism by 10 percent?  Oatmeal is one of the most powerful breakfast foods of them all.  If you are looking to get your body in great shape, you should incorporate this as a staple food in your diet.  Oatmeal is the perfect meal to start your day because it boosts your energy and has plenty of fiber to keep you full and satisfied.  Oatmeal breaks down slowly in the stomach, giving you long-lasting energy.  It is also full of water-soluble fiber, which plays a crucial role in making you feel full over a longer period of time.  Studies have also shown that oatmeal reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels and fights against heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and obesity.

If you want to add some powerful antioxidants to your oatmeal, simply throw on some blueberries and raspberries.  These delicious fruits are packed with antioxidants that fight against heart disease, cancer and a multitude of other ailments.  Blueberries have also been proven to preserve vision.  This powerful fruit rated highest in antioxidants among over 40 fruits and vegetables.  What more could you ask out of the first meal of your day?

However, oatmeal doesn’t just have to be for breakfast.  You can use it a couple hours before you exercise to energize your workout.  You can even include oatmeal in your smoothies.  It is also a wonderful addition to muffins and even as a breading for chicken breasts.  Mix oatmeal into homemade meatballs and meatloaf to help meat hold its shape better during cooking.  Make a unique pie crust by using oatmeal for half of the flour.  Add oatmeal to thicken chili.  Stir oatmeal into muffins, pancakes and breads for nutty flavor and healthy fiber.

Keep in mind that you must buy the unsweetened, unflavored variety.  To spice it up a little, you can use bananas, berries or milk.  Some more unusual toppings include peanut butter, eggnog and cottage cheese.  The downfall of pre-flavored oatmeal is that it often comes loaded with sugar calories.  So stick to the good stuff.

Oh-So-Delicious Oatmeal

Try this deliciously healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

1 c. water

1/2 c. rolled oats

A dash of salt

1/4 c. applesauce

A pinch of cinnamon

2 tsp. brown sugar

Preparation:

1. Pour the water, oats and salt into a medium-size pot on the stovetop.

2. Heat the mixture until it boils, then turn the heat to low.

3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the applesauce and cinnamon.

4. Cook on low heat and continue to stir the mixture for 5 minutes.

5. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and sprinkle the brown sugar on top.

6. Allow the oatmeal to cool for a minute before digging in.  Enjoy!

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One response to this post.

  1. It looks yum and healthy 😉

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