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January is 'National Oatmeal Month': Good food to start your day

Oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries
Oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries
Quaker Oatmeal

January is National Oatmeal Month.

Convenient one-serving size of Quaker oatmeal
Margaret Minnicks

January is an ideal time to begin including oatmeal in your diet for overall health. Since many people fast at the beginning of the year, oatmeal is an ideal food to eat for breakfast. It is delicious, nutritious, and will keep you full for hours.

Oatmeal has many health benefits. Eating a bowl of oatmeal on a regular basis can lower cholesterol because of its soluble fiber content. The Food and Drug Administration claims oatmeal may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet because of the beta-glucan in the oats.

Oatmeal is a popular breakfast food, and there are many different ways people choose to cook or eat it. Because of a desired consistency, some people prefer preparing their own.

There is no need to eat bland oatmeal unless you just want to. You can add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or flax seeds to your oatmeal. You can also add fruit such as raisins, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, strawberries or diced apples to your oatmeal.

Additionally, you may add maple syrup, honey or nut butter to your oatmeal. Diabetes have discovered that adding peanut butter to oatmeal can keep their blood sugar at an acceptable level.

Don't make the mistake of thinking oatmeal is only for breakfast. It can be included in dishes such as meat balls, casseroles, pies and cookies. It can be eaten as a treat and snacks.

This writer likes the convenient one-size servings of Quaker oatmeal that come in a variety of flavors with fruit and nuts. All you have to do is add boiling water, stir, and enjoy.

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