Tag: oatmeal

Love for Oatmeal

by in Uncategorized, January 4, 2012

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan an is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

My favorite breakfast is a hot bowl of whipped banana oatmeal sprinkled with granola and a spoonful of melty nut butter. I fell in love with oats just after I started blogging the three meals a day I eat at KathEats.com. Oats keep me full with soluble fiber and protein (a serving of oats has as much protein as an egg!) and satisfy my hunger with their volume and creamy texture.. From the unlimited amount of toppings on top of a plain bowl of oatmeal to blended and cooked recipes, nutritious and filling oats never get boring.


My technique for cooking oatmeal minimizes the gelatinous mush you might remember from your childhood and maximizes creaminess. Instead of boiling water and then adding oats, I add equal parts milk (any kind), water and oats along with a pinch of salt and set to medium heat. Stir as needed and your oats will be extra creamy in less than 5 minutes. Many factors work together to reduce gelatinization and let the oats release their creamy starches: agitation from stirring, milk proteins and a lower temperature. I use old fashioned rolled oats in my recipes because I find them to be creamier than the steel cut variety, but if you’re a steel cut fanatic, Alton Brown has mastered that technique.

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Top 5 Quick Breakfast Ideas

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, January 10, 2011


Think you don’t have time for breakfast? Think again. These healthy, well-balanced quick bites are ready in 10 minutes or less.

5 ways to a super-fast morning meal »

Instant Oatmeal: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, September 14, 2010


Oats are definitely healthy eats, but instant oatmeal often gets a bad wrap.  A bowl of classic oatmeal packs a hearty dose of vitamins, protein and cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.  So, what about the packets? We’ve got the facts on this convenience food.

Get the scoop on instant oatmeal »

Weekly Bits: Loving Fruits & Grains

by in Uncategorized, March 13, 2010


With our latest reader tips and comments, you share ideas for the the bulk bins, how to spice up your morning cereal and a sweet way to get more from your citrus. Plus, check out new ideas for eating your greens.

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Spotlight Recipe: Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

by in Healthy Recipes, December 29, 2009
Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge
Photo by Kana Okada / Food Network Magazine

Even my strong sweet tooth needs a break after a month of holiday treats. This soul-warming recipe from Food Network Magazine has a touch of brown sugar (swap for honey if you prefer), but most of the flavor comes from the cinnamon and dried fruit. Plus, all the whole-grain fiber keeps me from grazing on leftover cookies mid-morning; the B-vitamins are a good energy boost, too. Top with a few chopped nuts for a little extra crunch.

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Spotlight Recipes: Turkey Day Breakfast

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 25, 2009

Potato and Zucchini Frittata
Don’t fall for that old myth about saving calories for the big meal. A smart eater has a healthy breakfast on the morning of the big feast. Skipping it will just leave you overly hungry and primed to overeat come dinnertime. Here are some lightweight breakfast choices that will tide you over.

Weekly Bits: Rise and Shine

by in Uncategorized, October 3, 2009

Breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day, and you all shared some great ideas for starting the day off right. Read on for new twists on morning favorites — eggs, pancakes and oatmeal.

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Spotlight Recipes: More Quick & Easy Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, September 28, 2009

English Muffin Breakfast Pizza
One out of every four people ditches breakfast each morning, and many folks who do eat it turn to less-healthy options for a quick fix. Forgo the fruit-filled pastry, and have some fiber-rich carbs, fresh fruit, lean protein or veggies instead. If you’re always starving by lunch time, up the amount of fiber in your morning meal; this will help keep you full.