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Ode to Oatmeal

Posted May 20 2010 12:00am

Oh the wonderful oatmeal!!! Well known as a “heart-healthy” food thanks to Quaker, oatmeal is a good-old fashioned, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast. Oatmeal warms my body on a cold-winter day, and fuels my muscles on hard-workout day.

Oats are surprisingly cheap, too. I buy my rolled oats in bulk, and 1 serving costs me approximately 17 cents. And how much does the college staple, Ramen noodles cost? 17 cents. So let’s see, would I rather eat a nutritious bowl of oatmeal, or a processed bowl of Ramen? I think I’ll stick with Oats.

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Here’s a few of the many benefits of Oats:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Burns fat
  • Reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Regulate bowel movements
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce risks of cancer because of Oat’s phytochemicals
  • Reduces risk of heart disease

What can’t oatmeal do?

Sometimes I eat oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Well, maybe that’s a little too much, but oatmeal is so versatile, why shouldn’t I eat it all day long? Here’s one of my many delicious oatmeal recipes:

Chocolate-Covered Monkey Tail Oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 sliced banana

Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add the oats and turn stove to medium-low. Stir occasionally until oats are cooked. Add cocoa powder and bananas. Stir and Enjoy!

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

What’s your favorite cheap, healthy food?

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