On the positive side, starting your day with a nice bowl of oatmeal is a good way to begin your day. It’s not the typical way I start my days and in fact, I don’t usually have any breakfast at all. But oatmeal is close to being a superfood so it would be worth the effort today. Oatmeal helps lower your cholesterol, it’s good for your heart and it also helps reduce the risk of cancer. Plus oatmeal contains an antioxidant compound called avenanthramides which are said to be anti-inflammatory. That’s are some pretty impressive statistics for a breakfast food. I was not a person that grew up with oatmeal. We were a cold cereal family – never warm. From the times I have eaten oatmeal, I understand the allure of a nice hardy, warm bowl of seasoned oats in the morning. It just fills you up in all the right ways. When I think about all of this, I really wonder why I don’t have oatmeal more often? Maybe I will start.
Part of my hesitation about jumping on the oatmeal bandwagon is I don’t know what kind of oatmeal to buy. There’s some many options: old fashioned, steel cut, rolled, instant, Irish, quick cook, ribbed and more. The only oatmeal I ever knew was the one with Ben Franklin on the can (and that’s not even Ben Franklin, nor is it Wilfred Brimley). Apparently the Quaker has a few different varieties in his can (hee hee) so I still don’t know exactly what kind to buy. When I was at the store, I saw an individual container from Quaker that was for something called Overnight Oats with raisins, walnuts and honey. I had heard about this phenomenon of overnight oats. Essentially you leave your oats soaking in milk overnight and when you wake up in the morning, they are good to go. It’s kind of trendy, and the folks at Quaker have jumped right on the bandwagon. I decided to give them a try. Before I went to bed, like a little boy leaving cookies for Santa, I filled up the container with milk to the fill line, and left it in the fridge to soak. In the morning, oatmeal would be waiting.
I was kind of excited to wake up and have breakfast ready. I made a nice cup of coffee and had that first and then I reached for the oatmeal. I sat down with a spoon and got ready to suck down my antioxidants. Well, these were gross. Maybe that’s too strong, but I didn’t like them. They tasted somewhat bland and although the raisins were a nice touch, it wasn’t enough. I ate it all, but it wasn’t the nice enjoyable breakfast I had hoped for. It was kind of the yuckiness I had come to think oatmeal was.
I won’t hold this against oatmeal as I still kind of have a craving for it. I just think I don’t like this particular version. Thankfully, there are lots of other versions of oatmeal out there for me to try. I’m looking forward to that. Next time, I think I definitely want them warm too. That’s part of what my overnight oatmeal was missing. Next time, I’ll put in the effort to make them the old fashioned ways. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always instant oatmeal too. I see plenty of options in the future and that’s going to keep this celebration going. Ben Franklin will be proud.
Next up: National Candy Corn Day
(Info on oatmeal from Health.com)