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SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
12/27/12 12:20 A

Like everyone else here, I love oats. AM_MORRIS87 mentioned pudding -- I love steel cut oats as a replacement for rice in rice pudding.

As for old fashioned / rolled oats: about one ounce of oats (28g), 1/4 cup 'milk', cinnamon and/or other spices, a couple ounces of berries and about 10g of chopped walnuts. A splash of maple syrup. Just let the oats soak. Sort of like müesli, I guess.

GRAPHICS2 Posts: 13,944
12/26/12 10:15 P

I love oatmeal too. I got turned on to it when I participated in a cholesterol study which showed that oatmeal along with some other plant based products aided in rhe lowering of LDL cholesterol. Since then I have had it almost everyday with soy milk. dried fruit, and sunflower seeds. Yummy and good for you

12/26/12 5:53 P

I love oatmeal! Rolled oats and steel cut oats are the best... Better than instant.

I usually just eat it with a banana and a splash of cream.

I went through a phase of eating oatmeal for dessert/late night snack everyday. I would either add marshmallows and chocolate for "s'mores" oatmeal, or I would add a bunch of brown sugar, a banana, and butterscotch chips. Chocolate syrup And peanut butter for "Reese's" oatmeal.

I liked it because it was healthy, but also sweet. Like ice cream but warm.

COTTERR SparkPoints: (11,727)
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12/26/12 5:34 P

Like others said, moderation and add protein.
I like:
1/2c oats, 1/2c water, 1/2c unsweetened applesauce, raisins, dash of brown sugar and cinnamon
1/2c oats, 1/2c water, 1/4c light soy milk, 1T peanut butter or nutella, 1 banana

CREICHEL Posts: 108
12/26/12 4:07 P

I eat oatmeal (made with water, no salt, no sugar, just plan) for breakfast every day with 4 egg whites. It is one of my favorite meals!!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
12/24/12 11:50 P

I like oatmeal. Sometimes I eat it for desert.

Anything can make you fat if you over do it. Everything in moderation

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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12/24/12 10:26 P

I soaked about 1/4 cup oats ( old fashioned ) for about 1 hour in a little water...
Then beat 2 egg whites til kind of stiff an the added the oats ( drained and dry ) added 1 pack stevia ( truvia )and beat togather and put in sprayed pan and fixed like a pancake on top I added some popcorn seasoning (kernel season's ) milk chocolate caramel- just sprinkled it on top..after it was done I added a little sf syrup...Really good dessert for only about 100 calories...
2 egg whites (34)
1/4 cup oatmeal ( 75)= (109 ) I didn't count the syrup there was so little of it ...The seasoning is 5 cals per 1/2 teaspoon

Edited by: CHICKYWANNA at: 12/25/2012 (13:23)
12/23/12 10:10 A

Oatmeal is wonderful! Here's my favorite:

Pumpkin oatmeal: (this is 2 servings)

1 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 1/2 cup nonfat milk
a few tablespoons of raisins
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp Splenda
dash of salt

Only 190 calories, enough that you can have it with some chopped nuts to increase the protein and still have a low-calorie breakfast. I've made this with many different variations: soy milk, instant oatmeal packets, added macadamia nuts, etc.

I'm going to try some of these other yummy-looking recipes.

MISTY919 SparkPoints: (15,619)
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12/23/12 9:09 A

i bring oatmeal to work with me every day, i need a quick fix so i buy the low sugar Quaker brands, they are low in calories and very tasty. Soon i hope to make my own pre packaged for work once i come up with a tasty alternative :)

GOING4MUSCLE Posts: 5,233
12/23/12 12:26 A

I eat Steel Cut Oats, almost daily. In fact, they are what I had for dinner, tonight!

CARRIEINSK SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 11:54 P

I love oatmeal! I'll even order it out at a restaurant (made with water). At my house, I add a tbsp of date puree, a banana, 30 cal almond milk, cinnamon, stevia and NutraCleanse (basically ground husks, flax etc.). It's delicious! I change it up sometimes and have strawberry flavoured instant oatmeal with stevia and almond milk, or apple cinnamon flavoured with a cut up apple.

My mom uses a source 35 cal yogurt (usually the pineapple, coconut, banana type one) and blueberries.

There's numerous choices if you add yogurt. :) Other ideas to add are goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, hemp hearts, nuts, cranberries, raisins, etc.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
12/22/12 11:36 P

My favorite recipe is 40 grams oatmeal (1 serving), 1 cup of nonfat milk. Microwave in a large bowl for about 8 minutes until it's the desired consistency/doneness. Stir in a small amount of splenda and 1 TBSP of peanut butter. Using milk instead of water adds protein, calcium, etc. The peanut butter adds heart-healthy fat and tasty goodness. :)

Oatmeal does not make you fat. It is a healthy food. Yes, it is a carb, but carbs are not the enemy. Carbs do not make people fat. Excess calories are what make you gain weight. I lost almost 100 lbs eating oatmeal or granola most days of the week.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 12/22/2012 (23:36)
IGOGIRL Posts: 11
12/22/12 9:58 P

Love the recipes I see here. I can hardly wait for tomorrow to try one out. I usually eat my oatmeal in the form of Multi-grain Cheerios with a half banana.

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 9:37 P

1 pk oatmeal or 1/4 cup regular
2 T eggbeaters
and enough water to make consistancy of pancakes and cook into pancake...If you have a mini prosessor you can turn the oatmeal into flour first...

THESUBY Posts: 615
12/22/12 8:43 P

My cholesterol was way too high a year ago, so I made sure to eat oatmeal at least 3x a week. Along with other diet changes, it seemed to have helped, because now it's in the normal range.

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 4:40 P

Stuffed Oat Cakes:
1 pk maple brown sugar oatmeal
1/3 cup water
1 Tablespoon egg beaters
1/4 t. bake powder
2 oz ff cream cheese (to take the place of the milk)
1 Tablespoon sf syrup..
in small bowl mix oatmeal with water and place in microwave I minute.. spray small skillet and make 2 pancakes with the oat mixture..while they are coooking mix the cream cheese and maple syrup, place on top of one pancake and top with secound pancake...

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/22/12 4:35 P

I think it's a great addition: whole grain, fiber...and it's filling and most importantly, YOU LIKE IT. I vote yes, keep the oats.

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 2:04 P

Carrot Cake Oatmeal
1/4- to 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 t. ginger
1/8 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. lemon juice (opt)
1 t.vanilla
2 tablespoons raisins
1/2 t. brown sugar splenda or sweetener of choice (opt)
In pot over med heat add water, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg, ginger and salt stir til mixed add oats , raisins and carrots..cook via package directions for oats..when done remove from heat and add vanilla , sweetener and 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes.

Good way to get in veggies at breakfast....

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 1:51 P

Kristen you have a recipe ?

Oatmeal breakfast cookie:
1 pk oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup oatbran
10 sprays ICBINB
1 tablespoon sf apricot jam
1 tablespoon sf maple syrup
mix all ingredients and put on sprayed bake sheet bake 400 til nicely brown....

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,670)
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12/22/12 1:06 P

I'd love to read the articles that say oatmeal makes you fat! Sounds ridiculous. I'll continue to eat my oatmeal banana pancakes almost every day no matter what!

CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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12/22/12 12:45 P

Berry Cobbler/
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 pk brown sugar oatmeal ( quaker weight control )
spray ramekin and place berries at the bottom and top with pk of dry oatmeal and spray with pam so it gets nice and toasty....bake 400--20 min

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/22/12 7:46 A

I often make a big batch of steel cut oats with any of the following:

- mixed spice like pumpkin pie spice
- raisins
- other dried fruit
- chopped (fresh) apple
- chopped pumpkin or squash

I then divide it into servings in little containers and refrigerate or freeze it, thawing and reheating in microwave as needed.

Sometimes I replace the water usually used to cook it with unsweetened almond milk; sometimes I'll use that when I eat it. Other times I'll top it with yogurt when I eat it.

Very versatile.
It's the only "cereal" I eat for breakfast. I never buy the "flakes"

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/22/12 6:13 A

I eat oats every day for breakfast, though not in "oatmeal" form, I make oat bars (usually with chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, etc) and one of those is my entire breakfast. Oats do not have much protein so I add protein powder to these bars to fix that. I think oats are a great way to start the day :)

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/22/12 4:51 A

Oatmeal will not make you fat unless you are eating well over 2000cal of it a day and nothing else.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/21/12 11:08 P

I love my oatmeal. I eat it 1/4 cup with some no salt dry roasted peanuts and some apple slices. I also add some sugar free pancake syrup.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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12/21/12 9:09 P

I think it sounds wonderful, and I am having it for breakfast tomorrow!!

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,231
12/21/12 9:03 P

Our dietitian says to have a side dish of 2 eggs if we are eating oatmeal or any cereal, the cereal doesn't have enough protein in it. Don't worry about "losing more" weight, it wouldn't be that much, and you have to be happy with what you eat for the rest of your life, not just for awhile to reach some number on the scale.

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 1,665
12/21/12 9:02 P

In what world would oatmeal make you fat? People are ridiculous. Eating anything in excess is going to make you gain weight! Oatmeal is fantastic, and it can be used in so many ways. I eat oatmeal every single day (although not usually in the traditional way), and it helps me stay more satisfied.

My favorite 3 ways to eat oatmeal...

#1- Scrambled egg white oats. Sounds strange at first, but it's awesome. Mix 4 egg whites + 1/4 c raw oats + 2 oz milk. Let it sit for 3-5 mins, then cook like scrambled eggs. Delicious. It's so good, I actually crave this lol.

#2- Oatmeal pudding. I like to make fat free sugar free chocolate pudding using almond milk for my dessert every night. (Well, I make a whole box and then pour it into 4 containers for the next 4 days.) But anyway, every night before I eat my dessert/bed snack, I add 1/3 c raw oats to the pudding, and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. It gives the pudding some texture, and helps me not feel hungry all night.

#3- Chocolate oatmeal. I just mix 1/2 c oats + almond milk or water + cocoa powder + splenda + salt. It's super delicious. And sometimes when I have the extra calories, I'll top it with 1/2 of a chopped up chocolate peanut butter Quest protein bar. YUM.

I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOVE oatmeal with walnuts. Ugh, I'm salivating just thinking about it. But I can't eat walnuts because they are just way too calorically dense. I can't eat a little handful of food that is 200 freaking calories lol.

Edited by: AM_MORRIS87 at: 12/21/2012 (21:09)
12/21/12 8:42 P

I've been reading all kinds of contradicting facts on oatmeal lately. Some say it's wonderful, some say it will make you fat. I love oatmeal. I eat it every day as a breakfast or a lunch.

An example of the kind of oatmeal I eat:
.5 cup old fashioned oats
.5 cup of soy milk
1 cup water
3 packets of Splenda
A dash of cinnamon
Dehydrated apples (I buy them in bulk from Costco. A packet is equal to 35 calories)

I love oatmeal, It's filling and curbs my sweet tooth. A bowl usually runs me just under 250 calories. So what do you think? I'm losing weight, but could I lose more by cutting down on it?

And if you're an oatmeal fanatic (like me), what's your favorite recipe?

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