I'm sure we have all heard of the health benefits of oats. According to medicalnewstoday.com oats can lower the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and colorectal cancer. The Whole Grains Council lists oats to have the ability to reduce asthma in children, type 2 diabetes, improve immune defenses and help control appetite. They are full of dietary fiber, as well as a number of minerals: magnesium, selenium, phosphorous, zinc, manganese, and vitamin E. Here is a label I found online for the nutrition facts of rolled oats.
Blend It Up
So whether it is left over oatmeal, because if your like me you always make too big a pot, or you make it fresh in the morning. Blend up this tasty oatmeal drink, serve it warm or cold. Can be stored in the fridge. (please note that due to the banana, if stored, discoloration will occur)
Ingredients ~ makes 2 8 oz servings
- Cook quick or rolled oats as directed on package to make 1 1/4 cups cooked oatmeal
- 2 cups milk (Use cow's milk or almond, soy etc. Heat milk first if you want a warm drink.)
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- sprinkle of brown sugar
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. You can sprinkle a tad of brown sugar on top for a little indulgence if you choose.