National Oatmeal Month

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January is National Oatmeal month. Oats are a great source of healthy complex carbs! They’re full of fiber, which makes them an excellent filling breakfast choice. Oats offer several health benefits-

  • Oats help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol to reduce risk of heart disease
  • Oats keep you full longer which helps control appetite and weight
  • Oats reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes since the soluble fiber helps control blood sugar levels
  •  Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates than other whole grains
  • Oats contain 20 unique polyphenols that have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Oats are most commonly enjoyed hot for breakfast but can also be used in other dishes. Try topping your yogurt with a spoonful of oats, adding them to a smoothie, or using ground oats in place of bread crumbs in recipes, such as meatloaf or to coat chicken. Here are a few recipes using oats-

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal- http://pattylkinsella.com/blueberry-baked-oatmeal/

Apple Pear Oatmeal Smoothie- http://kristineskitchenblog.com/2015/02/02/apple-pear-oatmeal-smoothie-aka-apple-pie-smoothie/

Overnight Oats (7 Ways)- http://www.anotherroot.com/overnight-oats-seven-ways/

Flourless Banana Blender Muffins- http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2015/02/flourless-banana-blender-muffins.html

Oatmeal Parmesan Crusted Chicken- http://www.theyummylife.com/recipes/5/Parmesan+Oat+Crusted+Chicken

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