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Health Benefits of Oatmeal
Not only is oatmeal an affordable breakfast, it is packed with nutrients, making it a healthy option to start your day. Oats contain a high amount of several vitamins and minerals that are essential for keeping your body healthy, including magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and folate. In addition, oatmeal is a great source of fiber and protein.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is the versatility of it. You can add whatever milk you like based on dietary or personal preference. In addition, you may add whatever nut butter you prefer, or use a nut butter alternative if you have a nut allergy.
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- Dairy Milk—This is a good choice for those that are not lactose intolerant. Dairy milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D.
- Almond Milk—For those that are lactose intolerant, almond milk is a good option. Enriched almond milk is a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Unsweetened almond milk is also low calorie and does not contain added sugar, making it a healthy choice.
- Soy Milk—This is another option for those that are lactose intolerant. One negative of soy milk is that it is higher in sugar than other milk choices.
- Cashew Milk—This is an alternative to almond milk. It has a thicker and creamier texture than almond milk, with similar nutritional benefits.
- Coconut Milk—A great milk choice for those that are lactose intolerant or have a nut allergy. Coconut milk is a good source of healthy fats and has a rich, coconut flavor.
- Rice Milk—Another milk alternative for those that are lactose intolerant or have a nut allergy. Rice milk is a low calorie, cholesterol free, and low-fat choice.
You also have several options for the butter you use. Some of the options are:
- Creamy Peanut Butter—This is a great option, as peanut butter is high in essential nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Chose natural peanut butter for a lower-sugar, more nutritious option.
- Creamy Almond Butter—For those that have a peanut allergy, or do not like the taste of peanuts, almond butter is a great choice. Almond butter offers similar nutritional benefits that peanut butter does.
- Creamy Cashew Butter—This is also another option for those that have a peanut allergy. Cashew butter is a great source of heart-healthy fats and contains similar nutrients that peanut and almond butter do.
- Sunflower Seed Butter—A great choice for those with nut allergies. Sunflower seed butter is a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 Tbsp nut or seed butter of your choice
- Measure 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup blueberries. Pour the oats, milk and blueberries in a bowl and stir the ingredients until they are well blended. You may either use fresh or frozen blueberries for this recipe. Frozen blueberries will thaw overnight and will be ready to eat in the morning.
- Add 1 Tbsp of the butter of your choice. Stir the butter in the mixture until it is evenly distributed.
- Chill the oatmeal in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, your oatmeal will be chilled and ready to eat! You may eat it cold, or warm in the microwave.