Welcome to day four of the Sugar Free Challenge!
Did you know January is National Oatmeal Month? In order to celebrate, today’s sample menu will be full of….you guessed it….OATMEAL!
Breakfast: Start of the day with a refreshing bowl of Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal.
Lunch: Pack yourself a few Oat Cakes, endless flavor combinations.
Snack: Need some munchies? Grab a handful of Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola.
Dinner: Baked Banana Oatmeal, topped with more fruit.
Dessert: Peach Crisp for One, which is topped with oats and takes mere minutes to prepare.
Why should we enjoy oats? Not only are they tasty and versatile, but full of health benefits:
- Lowers cholesterol
- Burns fat
- Reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Regulate bowel movements
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce risks of cancer because of Oat’s phytochemicals
- Reduces risk of heart disease
Oats are surprisingly cheap, too. I buy my rolled oats in bulk, and 1 serving costs me approximately 17 cents. And how much does the college staple, Ramen noodles cost? 17 cents. So let’s see, would I rather eat a nutritious bowl of oatmeal, or a processed bowl of Ramen? I think I’ll stick with Oats.
Exercise Option: For those of you who chose to take part of the exercise challenge, your challenge today is to do 10 crunches, 5 squats, 5 pushups, 10 calf raises.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What are your favorite ways to prepare and eat oats? Feel free to include links and recipes in your comments below!