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What Can Oatmeal Do for You?

February 28th, 2012 Healthy Living

A nice, hearty bowl of oatmeal could be one of the best things you can do for yourself in the morning. It's filled with nutritional value and can be prepared in a variety of ways, so even the pickiest eater can likely find a mixture. According to WebMD, not only does oatmeal promote heart health by lowering bad cholesterol levels, but the antioxidants in the oats may actually help curb and prevent inflammation. The whole grains in oatmeal can also help protect you against high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Looking for the perfect oatmeal recipe? There are plenty of different ways to prepare it, so no one method can claim to be the best tasting. However, the World's Healthiest Foods has devised a recipe that they believe is the healthiest way to prepare the stuff.

Ingredients: 2-1/4 cups water dash salt 1 cup regular rolled oats 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1 TBS flaxseeds

Place the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat up to high. Once the water starts to boil, bring the heat down to low and add the oatmeal, stirring regularly for about five minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and cover the pan. Turn off the heat and allow everything to sit for five more minutes.

Serve the dish piping hot alongside a glass of milk and some molasses. This dish provides an excellent combination of sweetness and nutritional value. Fix this in the morning and you may very well be able to coast until lunchtime without a problem.