It's National Oatmeal month!

It's National Oatmeal month!
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POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:04am

If, like most of us, you're having a hard time sticking to those resolutions you made at the beginning of the year, might we suggest something to help keep you on track? It's not some new fad diet or the latest exercise routine - it's National Oatmeal Month.

Oatmeal can be made from rolled (old-fashioned), steel-cut or quick oats. Rolled oats are the whole oat seed steamed and flattened. Steel-cut oats are exactly that - steel-cut instead of rolled into flakes, yielding a longer cooking time and a heartier product. Quick cooking oats are made the same way as rolled oats, but are more finely ground so they cook faster.

Oatmeal is a great source of B vitamins and calcium, and it takes longer to digest so you feel fuller. Oatmeal also helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

A bowl of oatmeal doesn't have to be all gloopy and unappealing. Oatmeal can be jazzed up with nuts and dried fruits, or for added sweetness, honey. It can be what you make it. It's easy to take to work or eat on the go - who doesn't like a warm breakfast on a cold winter's morning?

Another idea, make granola: try toasting the ingredients you'd put in your oatmeal (oats, honey, nuts and dried fruit) in a 250 degree F oven for an hour or so, tossing occasionally.

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