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5 Easy Ways to Use Oatmeal in a Low Cholesterol Diet

September 24, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen high cholesterol becomes an issue and, with it, often high blood pressure with risk of stroke or heart attack it becomes something to take seriously. For many there are ads for various foods that are said to lower cholesterol, but many are easily “overdone”.

When my numbers were run they came up so far in the good range that the nurse asked what I was eating. I eat “normal” both at restaurants and at home, but do alter that normal somewhat. I tend to use oatmeal more than many, which drew a comment from a friend they didn’t like oatmeal every morning for breakfast. Nor do I! But I do vary what I put in it (easy to do in many hotels with breakfast bars also!).

The biggest way I use oatmeal is in cooking and baking, and it’s done in such a way that those sharing the meal often don’t taste the oatmeal. Here’s a few ways:

  1. When I get boxed quick breads which are easy to make in a short time – and the nut quick breads are a favorite here – toss in a cup to a cup and a half of oatmeal and mix in thoroughly as well as a tablespoon of cinnamon (also good for health!). If the oatmeal is too “heavy” for you back off a little next time.
  2. I do the same thing with brownies – not as heavy but toss in 3-4 handfuls of oatmeal when mixing the batter. The chocolate covers it enough you’ll never know it’s in there. Experiment – you might like a little more in yours. I’ve found those recipes with walnuts in them the oatmeal is even less noticed.
  3. When browning meat for spaghetti – yep – toss a few handfuls of oatmeal in then add your spaghetti sauce. This also works very well for sloppy joes and chili as well as many pasta dishes including macaroni and cheese.
  4. Make homemade granola or granola bars to snack on.
  5. Oatmeal cookies (of course!)

These are just five ways to add oatmeal to your diet – which boosts health. Try it, experiment with it and create your own “additions!” This is also a way to “stretch” recipes even for those not on a cholesterol program..

Remember that some of these can also be used in things – try crumbled oatmeal cookies or granola on ice cream. Look for ways that you can add a handful here or there – it pays off! Your health will thank you. Remember it’s not necessarily all at once but a little at a time that has the best results.

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