January is oatmeal month! Oatmeal is an excellent food that provides so many health benefits. It is fitting that oatmeal month falls after the holidays because eating oatmeal can promote weight loss.
Here’s the skinny on oatmeal:
Oatmeal is heart healthy
Oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol levels through the use of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to decrease cholesterol levels. The heart healthy serving size is a cup and a half.
Oatmeal helps you lose weight
Soluble fiber keeps you fuller longer and the hunger fighting property of beta-glucans helps fight the hunger hormone cholesytokinin. Staying fuller longer equals eating less.
Oatmeal can be prepared so many different ways, it can be hot, cold, with fruit, vegetables, flaxseed, nuts, in cookies, breads, served as a side or as a main dish.
For the rest of this month, I will be sharing different oatmeal recipes for you to try and enjoy!
Here are a few to get you started!
A great way to eat it cold is in overnight oats.
In pancakes: Oatmeal Banana Pancakes.
In waffles: oatmeal waffles.
How do you like to eat your oatmeal??