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The Power of Oatmeal

The start of a New Year means a fresh start – blank calendars, new projects and setting goals for the year ahead. I’m planning to work out more and really stay on track with what I’m putting in my body. I’m going to start by really focusing on breakfast. This is a meal that can make or break your goals to get healthy and stay fit.
Oats are an amazing way to start your day. Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? Oats are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium. Oats are also great sources of fiber and have been shown to lower levels of “bad” cholesterol. Oatmeal really can be a super food!

There are a lot of types of oatmeal to consider – and some are really better for you than others. Coarse or steel-cut oats will have more fiber than the instant kinds you see in the store and you can doctor them up without loading in a ton of sugar. Add in nuts for healthy fat and calcium, or top your oats with a banana for fiber or try blueberries for an antioxidant boost. A little brown sugar mixed in can add some sweetness without adding too many calories!

Adding BiPro to your oatmeal is also a great way to give your body a boost. We have recipes for plain old-fashioned oats, plain instant oatmeal and vanilla cinnamon instant oatmeal. Yum!

Need more convincing to cook up a bowl? Shape Magazine even says oatmeal should be a food you have in your kitchen at all times. And, the folks at LIVESTRONG say it’s a great meal option for athletes.

Coffee shops and fast food places are even getting their oatmeal-kick. Starbucks and Caribou Coffee offer oatmeal with a variety of toppings. McDonalds just started offering it for breakfast too!

And don’t think oatmeal is boring! Fitblogger Katy Widrick loves her oatmeal. Check out how she celebrated her birthday with oatmeal last year (and her post about loving BiPro)!

What’s your favorite topping for oatmeal? I’d love to hear from you!


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