Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast. Around my house, we eat oatmeal as a healthy snack too. For extra calcium, I replace the water with low-fat milk and add fruits, fresh, frozen, or canned to increase the vitamin and antioxidant content. For a change in flavor, I add cinnamon, raisins, or artificially sweetened brown sugar.
You can find boxes of single serving packages already flavored. Take time to read the nutrition facts before buying these, as they can be high in sugar. If you want to have the single serving packages on hand, purchase the plain oatmeal and sweeten it yourself with fruit or raisins. I usually purchase the quick cooking oats, which is a far better buy and allow myself a couple extra minutes for preparation.
Oats are very versatile and can be used in many recipes. Search for recipes such as pancakes, granola bars, breads, cakes and cookies that contain oats and oatmeal. Even try adding oats to your next smoothie or meat loaf. Look for ways to include this important high-fiber grain in your favorite recipes or create new ones and share on our Facebook pages