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Colorful and Creamy Holiday Oatmeal

Posted Nov 29 2009 11:41am

Colorful and Creamy Holiday Oatmeal I'm determined to get through the holidays without a growing waistline, so to keep me going during this busy holiday month, I'll need a power breakfast. Oatmeal is always a terrific, nutritious breakfast choice.

I’ve added toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and shredded apple to really boost the fiber, and give you a breakfast that will stick with you during those holiday shopping sprees!

Happy cooking!

Serves 4

2 cups oatmeal
2 cups water
2 cups non-fat milk
1 large apple, shredded with skin
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
½ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch nutmeg

1. Toast walnuts in oven at 350 for 5 minutes.
2. Combine remaining ingredients (except toasted walnuts) in a large saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes until apple is tender.
3. Add walnuts.
4. Sweeten to your taste with your favorite sweetener.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Oats are a great source of manganese, selenium, tryptophan, phosphorous and thiamin. They are a great source of soluble fiber thought to have a significant impact on improving cholesterol levels.

Apples are a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for a healthy heart. The flavonoids in apples also contribute to heart health. High in fiber, apples can help lower LDL cholesterol.

Walnuts are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, copper and tryptophan. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to a healthy heart. They are known to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, and raise good HDL cholesterol levels. They also improve and control high blood pressure.

Calories: 383
Total Fat: 12.99g
Cholesterol: 2mg
Sodium: 71mg
Total Carbs: 54.46g
Dietary Fiber: 7.99g
Sugars: 20.74g
Protein: 14.54g
Weight Watchers Points 8

Nutrition details obtained from,,, and I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.


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