You may think of oatmeal as on the bland side of the food aisle, as something that your doctor told you to eat but that you’re not thrilled about. Or maybe it’s something you take only with a lot of cream and sugar. But even if you already love oatmeal, you might not know that you can use it to save money and get crafty, as well as get healthier. Don’t throw out any excess!
The healthiest type of oatmeal is made from whole-grain, steel-cut oats, also known as coarse-cut or Irish oats, because they retain more of the nutritious (though tough) bran layer. The more common “rolled oats” are steamed, flattened and lightly toasted. “Instant” oatmeal is pre-cooked and usually has sweeteners and flavors added. Nutritionists say you’re better off buying unsweetened, and adding a touch of honey, maple syrup, agave or other flavoring yourself.
Oats are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan (which may help regulate blood sugar) and the antioxidants known as avenanthramides (which may help promote healthy circulation). Oatmeal is also believed to help reduce harmful cholesterol levels and it may boost the immune system.
But what happens when you have too much of a good thing, or you just don’t get around to eating it and your oatmeal gets old and stale in your cupboard? Don’t throw it out! It has many great uses besides filling up your family.
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