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Mind Your Oats

January 9, 2018

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple, especially during the winter months. Oats are a very good source of iron, manganese, and zinc. It’s also packed with fiber, so it can keep your feeling full until lunch. There are so many delicious meals that can be made with oats and oatmeal. Unfortunately, oatmeal is usually considered a last-minute breakfast option. January is National Oatmeal Month so it’s time to take a new look at this pantry staple. Think beyond instant oatmeal packs and try the new, delicious oat recipes listed below.

  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Oatmeal. In America, we tend to eat our oatmeal sweet, but there are plenty of savory options to explore for breakfast. For instance, are you a big fan of bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits? If so, try adding bacon, onion, cheddar cheese, chives, and fried eggs to your oatmeal with this recipe. (Still looking for sweet ways to jazz up your oatmeal breakfast? Try mixing cranberries and pistachios into your oatmeal or nectarines, candied ginger, and walnuts. Get further ideas here.)
  • Chickpea and Turmeric Oatmeal. For a nutritional, out-of-the-ordinary lunch, try mixing chickpeas, baby spinach, turmeric, and almond milk with your oatmeal. The chickpeas are the wonder ingredient in this recipe. They have iron, fiber, protein, manganese, and folate. These nutrients will keep you feeling full and help keep your heart and digestive system healthy and running properly.
  • No Bake Energy Snacks. Do you need a snack to keep you going after lunch? Try this Mindful recipe for no bake energy snacks. These snack balls are made with delicious, healthy ingredients, including oatmeal, flaxseed, coconut flakes, honey, almond butter, and vegan chocolate chips. The nutrients in these energy bars cannot only boost your energy levels, it can also help with your immune system and improve brain function.
  • Mushroom and Spinach Oatmeal. Don’t think you can have oatmeal for dinner? Think again! Try making a game changing savory oatmeal by mixing sautéed mushrooms, poaches eggs, spinach, and fresh thyme into your oatmeal. The mushrooms will provide additional fiber to your nutritional dinner, so it can keep your fuller longer. In no time you’ll be having “breakfast” for dinner.
  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread. Oatmeal and desserts go hand in hand. With oatmeal, you can make homemade cookies, crumb bars, cream pies, and cakes. You can also make bread. This recipe for apple cinnamon oatmeal bread calls for typical bread ingredients as well as applesauce, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and, of course, oats. It’s tasty, and it can double as a breakfast dish that you can eat with fresh fruit and yogurt.
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