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Lower Your Cholesterol: The Tasty Way

Lower Your Cholesterol: The Tasty Way

Oatmeal has gotten a bad rap. Kids (and adults) may view it as a health food with all the flavor of drywall. There are a lot of ways to get kids of all ages to wake up and WANT oatmeal for their breakfast of choice.

Of course, the health benefits are clear. I’m 34, and while I don’t worry about this kind of stuff, my family history of very high cholesterol had me wondering about the claim Wilford Brimley made about Quaker oats removing cholesterol from your bloodstream. So I decided to run a little self-experiment. In one year, my cholesterol dropped from over 300 down to 164. Call me a believer. (For other articles on cholesterol, check out Conquer High Cholesterol and Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way.)

But what about that drywall?

I found that oatmeal is one of the most versatile breakfasts you can imagine. Because you’re cooking it (as opposed to dry cereal which you just add milk to), there are any number of things you can work into the pot. My personal favorite combination is a scoop of peanut butter, a handful of raw, unprocessed cacao nibs, and some shredded coconut. I have experimented with all of the following, and would heartily recommend them in just about any combination:

  • Cacao nibs (raw, unprocessed chocolate).
  • shredded coconut
  • peanut butter
  • raisins
  • freshly ground flax seeds
  • crumbled almonds and/or walnuts
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Top with just about any kind of fruit and some yogurt, and you have yourself a meal made for a king, in under ten minutes for the whole family (faster if you use “quick oats”).

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By Scott Cooney, Green Options

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8:15AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:23PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

I love oatmeal with cinnamon, apple, berries and almond milk. I'll try with cocoa and coconut.

2:01AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you :)

5:21PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

9:17PM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

Done :)

7:10PM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

Cashews, apple pieces, dried cranberries, and almond butter are some other tasty add-ins.

12:42PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

Oatmeal is now my 'regular' breakfast. I always have blueberries and strawberries in the freezer just in case I run out of fresh fruit.

10:12PM PDT on Apr 18, 2010

sounds wonderful

1:09PM PDT on Mar 18, 2010

How to get my husband to even TRY it.

6:09PM PST on Mar 9, 2010

I can't wait to try!

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