We keep hearing how oatmeal is so good for us. Oatmeal truth is, it REALLY is packed with a whole lot of goodness, and if you can get a little into yourself before you leave home each day, you will be way ahead of the demands your day brings.
Oats are thought to have been a weed growing in Egypt about 2000 BCE. Domesticated oatmeal seems to have been found in caves in Switzerland back in the Bronze Age. They arrived in the New World with colonists around 1602. By 1786 George Washington planted many acres of oats.
Oatmeal is rich in manganese, omega-3 fats, tryptophan, fiber, phosphorus, vitamins K and B.
Oatmeal should be free of gluten, however it is frequently packaged where wheat is processed, therefore cross-contamination is possible. Look for specially-labeled, gluten-free oatmeal to be sure.
Oatmeal can also be ground oats, steel-cut oats, crushed oats, or rolled oats:
•Steel cut oats are cut with steel blades to be chewy.
•Scottish oatmeal is ground to a fine powder and becomes a smooth porridge.
•IrishSteel-cut, or Irish oats are rough-cut whole oat groats
•Quaker-type rolled oats are steamed before rolling flat.
Oatmeal cookies, squares
Extender in meatloaf
Foodsites with oatmeal recipes: