What did you have for breakfast this morning? Or maybe for lunch or even dinner yesterday?
Was it oatmeal?
Not just a breakfast food anymore, I’m writing to tell you that oatmeal is the new…
Meal you can eat any time.
And since National Oatmeal Day has recently passed, it’s not too late to tell you why.
While on a very informative press trip late last month (that’s when I tried paddle boarding ) for the very first time), I also discovered the versatility of oatmeal.
Who thought there were so many creative ways to eat it? I mean, I’ve been eating oatmeal for as far back as I can remember…and it was always the same way. For breakfast, with a little brown sugar and a sliced banana. Oh, and maybe if I got really creative I’d throw in some slivered almonds and berries. That was the extent of it.
First, the facts about oatmeal:
It’s really good for you!
Health perk: Oatmeal is 100 percent whole grain; studies show that eating whole grains can lower the risk of many chronic diseases like diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer and also contribute to body weight management and gastrointestinal health.
Oatmeal (because it is made from whole grains) includes all part of the grain, including the bran, endosperm and germ. And that’s a good thing. Nothing is stripped away.
Oatmeal is sodium-free. Health perk: Too much salt may contribute to high blood pressure, the leading cause of cardiovascular disease.
Now, the fun:
I got to sample oatmeal like I’ve never had it before. In fact, there’s a really cool “oatmeal bar” in New York City – I’d be surprised if we don’t see similar places popping up all over the country – called OatMeals. The lovely owner, Samantha Stephens, and her event coordinator, Justine Miller, treated a group of us to the most yummy and creative oatmeal combinations. Here are a few examples from their menu: Devils Off Horseback, which contains goat cheese, bacon, dates, sliced almonds and maple syrup; Truffle RisOATto, made up of shaved parmesan, truffle oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper; The Canadian, which is cinnamon roasted apples, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, maple syrup and sea salt.
Now how’s THAT for creative?
As if that weren’t enough, the folks at Quaker Oats, in honor of National Oatmeal Day, have shared the following two recipes – and are also giving away a really great surprise gift to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment. The winner will be chosen randomly by Wednesday, November 12. Contest ends that day at 5:00 PM. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll contact you by email. Watch your inbox! And then if you win, watch your mailbox, because you’ll be getting a package filled with oatmeal treats.
What do you think? Will you be having your oatmeal a different way from now on?