Oatmeal is certainly touted as one of those â€œmiracleâ€ foods. It is basically good for you. High in fiber, no fat, sticks to your stomach like Elmerâ€™s glue, cleans out your plumbing, taking bad cholesterol with it, and can be eaten even without dentures. I used to dislike it with a passion. I still dislike it in most forms. But now I can tolerate it in some forms. The easiest way for me to consume oatmeal on a regular basis is in a bowl of homemade granola, recipe here. It is really easy to make. Use the flaked coconut if you can get it (they had a lot at Metro Grocery in Market!Market!) rather than the more commonly available â€œdessicatedâ€ coconut here in the Philippines. Better yet, add lots of dried fruit to the granola like blueberries, cranberries, apricots, dried mango, papaya, etc. and it really tastes rather good. I make a big batch (probably good for 30-35 breakfasts) and store them in big bottles or garapon.
When on a diet, I eat my granola every other morningâ€¦ sometimes with a little low fat yogurt and a banana, or with skim milk. Lately, I have been â€œdoubling upâ€ and making plain oatmeal with a little skim milk (porridge-y consistency), then I top it with my granola with dried fruit. Have this with a glass of V8 vegetable juice and your plumbing will be clean as a whistle by lunchtime, guaranteed. :) So here is the mystery question of the dayâ€¦ if cows only eat grass and oats (do they eat oats?) and they turn out nicely marbled, fatty steaks, how come humans have to eat grass (lettuce) and oats to remove all the same kind of fat??? Heeheehee. Serious scientific answers are not expected.