I use REGULAR oatmeal - sometimes I will make Steel Cut Oatmeal if I have the time. I will add ground flax seeds into it after it's cooked.
When I travel I take packets of instant oatmeal w/me, since it's better than not having it and what is available for bkfst at the meetings I am attending is not to healthy...and I can always get a cup of hot water and make it at the table.
I have made the Oatmeal recipe from Cholesterol Down, it was good, but I found it to be a lot of work.
According to my doctor and nutritionist and also a book I've read, regular instant oatmeal -- even the kinds that say Heart Smart or whatever -- do not help your cholesterol. They don't HURT it but they definitely don't help it. If you do eat instant, you have to add oat bran to help cholesterol. I posted a recipe from the book (Cholesterol Down by Janet Brill) here -- recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai l. asp?recipe=678323 . It's for Crockpot Oatmeal with organic steel-cut oats and flaxseed. You definitely need to add a little sweetener when you eat it, but it's pretty good and really healthy. Also, despite the amount of liquid, it's never been watery for me.
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I have heard that Oat Bran is better in helping to lower Cholesterol. I will sometimes combine it w/the oatmeal (1/2 cup minus 1 tbs uncooked oatmeal replaced w/1 tbs of OatBran). After cooked also add 1 tbs of ground flax seeds.
My mom always told us kids to eat our oatmeal, that it would stick to our ribs. I said, "Yuck! I don't anything to stick to my ribs!" Anyway, it's good for you. I am wondering, though, since maple syrup IS, basically, sugar, what is sugar-free maple syrup?
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The Steel Cut are very good - just take a little longer to cook - in the micro maybe 3 minutes...depending on your micro. The regular takes me about 1-1/2-2 min. I like it still a little moist, then add whatever fruit I feel like that day, it's usually unsweetened applesauce w/sugar free maple syrup...
Here is something I received from Hungry Girl about Oatmeal...think someone was asking about it a few days ago.
Oats are a great power food. They're high in fiber (so they keep you feeling full for a long time) and packed with B vitamins. Plus, studies have linked oatmeal (when eaten regularly) to lowered LDL cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, and lowered risk for type 2 diabetes.
Confused by the different types of oatmeal? Everyone is. Here's a quick rundown:
Steel-Cut (Irish) - Coarse, chopped up oats. Take longer to cook, but yield chewier oatmeal.
Old-Fashioned (Rolled) - Oat flakes that have been steamed, rolled flat, and toasted. Minimally processed for maximum health benefits.
Quick-Cooking - Old-fashioned oats that have been rolled thinner and cut into smaller pieces, so they cook faster.
Instant - Thin, precooked oats with less natural flavor and t exture. Often contain added salt, sugar, and/or other flavorings.
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