Monday 21 January 2013

The Month of Oatmeal

January is Oatmeal Month. I've posted a recipe to include in your snack or breakfast program to celebreate oatmeal. January is such a dreary month, so it's always nice to have a warm meal in the morning.

Oatmeal seems to have a bad rap as bland or boring. But oatmeal is so versatile and it's great for you. Oatmeal is high in fiber, vitamins, nutrients and keeps you full for a long time. Not only that is it a healthy meal, it's a cheap one!

Below is a simple oatmeal recipe. (taken from: Parenting Magazine)

Serves 4 (1-cup servings)
Make the oatmeal:
In a saucepan, combine 2 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant), 2 cups low-fat milk, 2 cups water, and 1/4 tsp sea salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Let sit 5 minutes.

Keep kids engaged and excited about their bowl of oatmeal by providing an oatmeal bar! Let the students choose their toppings. You can include ingredients such as:
- blueberries
- strawberries
- bananas
- honey or maple syrup
- yogurt
- cinnamon
- apples
- peaches

The options are endless. So go ahead, serve up a healthy bowl of oatmeal and enjoy!

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