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She is warm and soothing and can get any day off to a good start, especially a cold one. Oatmeal is always there for you with nutty sweet flavor and a knack for helping to lower blood cholesterol, but it’s her high fiber content that can help boost your weight loss. Oatmeal is a pro at keeping you from feeling hungry before your next meal, and because she is a whole grain, she can help keep cravings for mid-morning sweets from sinking your diet. She comes in a few different varieties but is almost always a whole grain and unrefined.
Oatmeal is a native of colder climes, like Scotland and Scandinavia, where she has become a welcome tradition on cold and dark mornings. Her ability to give your taste buds just what they’re looking for with the help of some of our other favorite Food Friendzy ingredients has made her a breakfast staple the world over. Like any girl, she has many unique sides to her. You decide on the one you want to cozy up with as the days get shorter and the air turns colder:
Simple and sweet – Raisins and milk add just a touch of sweetness plus fiber and bone-building calcium. If this is the Oatmeal you prefer, try the …
Kids LiveWell Kid's Oatmeal with raisins at Jubitz Cascade Grill
(Fruit, Whole Grains)
Located in Portland, OR
Fresh and crisp – Chopped apple adds a crisp and crunchy texture, a sweet or tart flavor (depending on your favorite apple), plus fiber. Apples are in season right now, so you’re sure to find them loaded with flavor and budget-friendly. If this is the Oatmeal you’re in the mood for, try the…
Chilled Swiss Oatmeal at Corner Bakery Cafe
(350 calories, 2.5 g fat, 125 mg sodium)
Located in AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, MD, MS, NJ, NY, PA, TX, UT, VA
Nutty – Almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios – you name it, Oatmeal’s crazy about them. Opt for a small handful of your nut of choice (they can be high in fat and calories) and mix them in with sweet ingredients, like fruit or even a dash of vanilla. Nuts bring protein and healthy fats to the mix. If you like nutty Oatmeal, cozy up to this Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal recipe from the Mayo Clinic.