Healthy eating brings us back to basics. Oatmeal is inexpensive and an old pantry staple.
When my David had a stroke 5 years ago, it was clear that diet modification would be my first challenge. When a person goes through such an ordeal, there are enough changes to daily living without taking away the pleasures of the palate too.
Lowering cholesterol and increasing fiber are good for any body. So the process began. Of all the breakfast foods, oatmeal takes center stage. Good old-fashioned 100% whole grain oatmeal is the cheapest cereal on the supermarket shelves. A 42 oz. container will yield 30 1/2 cup servings at 8-10 cents per serving. It cooks fast. For 1 serving, 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of water in a cereal bowl microwaves in 3 minutes or about the time it takes to use the bathroom when you first get up. The coffeepot takes longer.
The soluble fiber in oatmeal has been shown to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. New studies, according to Quaker Oats, are finding that oatmeal also contains flavonoids that help inhibit the oxidation process of LDL (bad) cholesterol responsible for the process leading to hardening of the arteries. Adding vitamins E (almonds)and C (orange juice) exponencially increase the antioxidation properties.
David enjoys his daily oatmeal with honey or brown sugar and Silk soy milk. His cholesterol levels are much lower as is his blood pressure. Oatmeal fiber also keeps you feeling fuller so you eat less. This is a good thing for all you weight conscious people out there.