How-To: Oatmeal Your Way

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Oatmeal is one of the easiest and most popular breakfast choices for kids and adults

 
A bowl of creamy, hot oatmeal:

•  Lowers blood sugar levels
•  Reduces the risk of heart disease
 

There are two types of oatmeal:

•  Traditional oats
•  Steel cut oats
 

The most budget-friendly option is traditional oats, which comes in three types:

•  Old fashioned
•  Instant
•  Quick 1-minute

HappyHealthy recommends traditional old fashioned for you and your family.

 
There are two ways to cook old fashioned oats:
•  On the stovetop
•  In the microwave

 

Cook on the stovetop:

Makes one serving
 
Ingredients:
½ cup of old fashioned oats
1 cup of water or milk
Pinch of salt
 
Directions:
Boil water or milk in a saucepan
Stir in oats and pinch of salt
Cook about 5 minutes over medium high heat
Stir occasionally while cooking
 

Cook in the microwave:

Makes one serving
 
Ingredients:
½ cup of old fashioned oats
1 cup of water or milk
Pinch of salt
 
Directions:
Combine water or milk and oats in medium microwave-safe bowl
Add pinch of salt
Microwave on high for 2 ½ to 3 minutes
Stir before serving
 
Healthy Additions:
•  Get creative with toppings
•  Flavor combinations are endless
•  Fresh Fruit (or frozen) such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, melons, apples, peaches, pears
•  Dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, prunes
•  Spices such cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice
•  Nuts and seeds such as pecans, peanuts
•  And so much more such as peanut butter, apple sauce, granola


 
Here’s a quick and easy oatmeal recipe:
 
Overnight Oats with Blueberries
Makes 1 ¾ cup serving
 
Ingredients:
½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup old fashioned oats (uncooked)
½ cup low-fat yogurt
¼ cup low-fat milk
 
Directions:
Wash your hands well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Wash blueberries and set aside to drain on a paper towel or in a colander
Combine blueberries, oats, yogurt and milk in a jar or container with a lid
Shake to combine ingredients
Chill overnight in the refrigerator or for at least 6 hours
Serve and enjoy!
Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.