Welcome to February—American Heart Month and Hot Breakfast Month! I thought I would take a minute and share a quick, easy, nutritious, heart healthy recipe with a few flavor options in honor of these two fantastic causes. Oatmeal has been shown to help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and aid in weight control.

Some sweet flavor options include:

  • Strawberries and Cream: Add diced strawberries, a dollop of yogurt, and a sprinkle of flaxseeds.
  • Raspberry Chia Jam: Add a spoonful of chia seed jam, coconut flakes, sliced almonds, and extra milk on top.

Savory options:

  • Fried Egg & Salsa: Add a fried egg, pico de gallo (or classic salsa or avocado salsa), and microgreens.
  • Savory Mushroom: Add sauteed mushrooms, a poached or fried egg, a dash of tamari soy sauce, and chopped green onions.
  • Basic Oatmeal
    • ½ cup rolled oats
    • 1 cup water, milk, or non-dairy milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Topping of your choice

Instructions:

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water or milk and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, stir in the oats and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the oatmeal simmer for 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, and then let it rest for a few minutes. This will give the oats time to absorb the liquid. If they look too dry, stir in a splash more liquid.
  • Top your oatmeal with your favorite ingredients then serve!

Bon Appetite! –Becky

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