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National Oatmeal Day – It’s OAT of This World!

National Oatmeal Day – It’s OAT of This World!Today is National Oatmeal Day. Did you know that 80% of American households have oatmeal stashed away somewhere in their kitchen?

Well, it’s time to dust off the old breakfast standby – and try out these tips to boost your breakfast with oatmeal:

Pitch the Packet

You don’t need packet oatmeal with its added sugar and shrunken portions of oats! Instead, sweeten your quick cooking oats the way nature intended…with real fruit.

Combine 1/2 cup dry quick cooking oats, 1 cup nonfat milk and 1 cup raspberries. Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed…and enjoy!

A 1-cup serving of raspberries adds an additional 7 grams of dietary fiber, for just 50 calories (not to mention almost half your day’s worth of vitamin C). Berries make a great addition to oatmeal – and their high fiber content helps you stay fuller for longer.

Learn more about the benefits of berries from Driscoll’s here.

Overnight Your Oats

Steel cut oats have a nutty flavor, but they take a longer time than rolled oats to cook. Why not cut your time a ton by making overnight oats?

Combine 1/3 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or soymilk, 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons chia seed in a mason jar or bowl. Cover, refrigerate for 6-8 hours and enjoy in the morning.

You can also use your slow cooker with a ratio of 3 cups fluid to 1 cup steel cut oats for 6-8 hours overnight. Wake up to healthy, hearty, steel cut oats – all prepared with minimal effort.

Drinkable Oatmeal

In too much of a rush to prepare oatmeal in the am? Then think about drinking your oatmeal.

Sneaky Pete’s All Natural Oatmeal Beverage is an innovative new oatmeal drink that allows you to get your oats to go. With 3 grams of oat fiber and just 40 calories per bottle, these drinks are goodness in a glass.

Sneaky Pete’s are available in 5 delicious flavors that offer a crisp, delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional oatmeal.

To learn more about sprucing up your oatmeal, check out my OAT of this World! TV segment from Channel 6 Wake Up San Diego today on the same topic.

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