Snowy winter mornings and a steaming bowl of oatmeal go hand in hand.  Creamy, delicious and deeply satisfying, oatmeal is also an excellent choice for you health.  Packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is a great source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron. Not to mention fiber: oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.  Did you know:

Oatmeal helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.  The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol.

Oatmeal slows down your digestive process.  By absorbing  water, it  results in you feeling fuller longer. Which means you eat less so it helps you control your weight.

 Oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.  That super-helpful soluble fiber helps to control blood glucose levels.

Oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber.

Eating more oatmeal this winter just might lead to a healthier you come springtime.  One caveat:  step away from the flavoured varieties.  They are often packed with sugar and may include artificial ingredients.  Buy the oats with one ingredient only: 100% natural rolled oats.

Here’s how to follow Goldlock’s lead and get your porridge just right:

This recipe for Very Best Oatmeal will convince even non-believers to eat their oats.  It features steel cut oats which are better for you than rolled ones, but both are nutritional superstars so simply adjust the recipes to suit.

These Steel Cut Oats with Ricotta, Pistachios & Raisins are a sweet, salty and crunchy delight. Steel cuts oats do take a little longer to make so problem solve by making a big batch and adding different ingredients as you like.

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Try adding low-calorie toppings like dried cherries, walnuts – even bacon!  Click here for a complete list of 100 calorie toppings from Cooking Light.