I love oats! Yes..oats..love to have oatmeal for Breakfast , Lunch and dinner… and if I feel like I need something “hearty”… I eat oatmeal! It stays with me until the next meal! And I don’t have hunger pains…There are a million reasons why oatmeal is good for me..but here are 10!
1.Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.
2.The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.
3.You probably already have oats in your kitchen. It’s estimated that eighty percent of U.S. households currently have oats in their cupboards.
4.New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.
5.With the exception of certain flavored varieties, the oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredient… rolled oats.
6.According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.
7.Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.
8.The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.
9.Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stove top, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute… incredible!
10.Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious! Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is limited only by the imagination. Visit Mr Breakfast’s Oatmeal Collection to see just 60 of the ways you can start to enjoy oatmeal today!
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Knowing that I love oatmeal and banana’s …you will understand why I just couldn’t wait to try my hands at a muffin recipe… I worked hard to keep the weight watchers points down! This recipe has only ONE Weight Watcher point in each muffin!!!
***spoil alert…please please don’t email me debating the fruit counts issue… I have talked with my leader and I am not counting the fruit as points..as I will count them in my daily allotment.. I am still losing while eating these and only counting them as one point.. Period.. If you want to add the banana points to yours..knock yourself out..I choose not to. End of discussion..
On to the recipe…
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
2 Mashed Banana’s
1/4 Cup of Egg Beaters
1/2 Cup Chobani Plain Non Fat Yogurt
1/4 Cup Sugar free pancake syrup
mash banana’s and stir in the other ingredients until mixed well.
In a separate bowl , mix
1/2 C Instant oats
1 1/2 Cup oat flour ( see footnote)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Teaspoons baking powder
stir until mixed well..then slowly add to the wet mixture…
Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick entered into the center comes out clean..
These are so good! I love them! They freeze well…and you can heat them up in the microwave..
here are the counts for Weight Watcher points
egg beaters 2
sugar-free pancake syrup 1
quick oatmeal 1/2 cup = 4
oatmeal flour 1 1/2 Cup = 4
Non fat greek yogurt =2
Total 11 points ….this made 12 muffins..so that makes them less than a point a piece. So I count them as 1 Weight Watcher point!
FOOTNOTE: To make oatmeal flour…all you have to do is take regular oatmeal…not the quick kind…and put it in the blender and give it a whirl! Oatmeal flour!!!!!!!!!
Don’t you just love it!!!!!!!!!!