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How to Cook Oatmeal


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Healthy, hearty, and delicious, oatmeal is a staple breakfast item. High in soluble fiber, a bowl of oatmeal a day can help lower cholesterol and the chance of a heart attack. For this recipe you will need nothing more than one cup of rolled oats (available at most any grocery store), one and a half cups of water, and a medium size pot. It will serve 2-3 people.
Total Preparation and/or Cooking Time:
Step 1:
Get a cup of oats.
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Step 2:
Put the cup of oats and the cup of water in the pot and set it to medium high heat on the stove.
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Step 3:
In about 3-5 minutes the oats will start to boil and froth, this is a signal to turn the heat down to low. Give the oats a stir to get an idea of the thickness.
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Step 4:
Let the oats boil for about 5 more minutes, and give them a stir to see if they feel thick and gooey, when they are, the oats are done and you have oatmeal. Experiment with the amount of water, ranging between 1 and 2 cups. Use 1 cup if you like thicker oatmeal, and 2 cups if you like more of a soupy oatmeal. Feel free to garnish with dried fruits, nuts, or spices like cinnamon, cardamon, and caraway.
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Comments.
Name:Gary Barsch
Location:Orange, California 92869
Subject:Oatmeal, how to cook.
Received oatmeal from a friend. Looks different than Quick Oats in the round cardboard can. Will try the formula above. -Gary.
Posted on 2011-09-14 16:38:28
Name:Fabian
Location:Cape Breton
Subject:Oatmeal
My mother fed us kids oatmeal every morning when I was young, I got married and stopped eating it, and I don't know why I think I will start again tomorrow.
Posted on 2011-10-26 23:40:20
Name:Maureen
Location:Lawrenceville, NJ
Subject:Oatmeal
I cook the oats in 2% low fat milk instead of water. How much magnesium is in a half cup of oatmeal cooked this way? Do oats still retain their nutritional value if cooked with milk? Also, what is the difference in nutritional value between steel cut oats and regular rolled oats (Quaker brand)?
Posted on 2012-01-02 12:51:55
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal
Hi Maureen, thanks for your comment and question. You can expect half a cup of the milk-cooked oatmeal to contain approximately 38mg of magnesium or 10% of the DV. The nutrition value of the oatmeal should not be hurt cooking the oatmeal this way. Steel cut oats are processed less than rolled oats and will provide more bran. They will also take longer to be digested by your body, keeping your insulin lower and your blood sugar more stable. Steel cut oats, however, requre more cooking time.
Complete nutrition facts for cooked oats and 2% milk.
Posted on 2012-01-02 21:59:25
Name:JOAN FITZPATRICK
Location:LOS ANGELES
Subject:STEEL CUT OATMEAN
A neighbor's doctor told her to eat steel cut oatmeal to lower her cholesterol. After 3 or 4 months, she was off medication. I tried it and within 3 months I was off Crestor, and have cholesterol under 200 ever since - 2 years ago. No more medication!
Posted on 2012-01-20 02:54:59
Name:Raju Tandel
Location:India, Daman
Subject:Cholesterol
I have high cholesterol and I have started oatmeal for breakfast but I am having it with regular milk so is it good in milk or with just water? Which is more beneficial? Can you tell me?
Posted on 2012-01-25 02:44:50
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Cholesterol
Hi Raju, thanks for your question. Whole milk contains cholesterol and is a high cholesterol food which is best avoided. Make your oatmeal with only water, and consider eating it with bran, almonds, or any of these other cholesterol lowering foods.
Posted on 2012-01-25 02:59:58
Name:Iain Booth
Location:St Marys, ON
Subject:Oatmeal
I reeeeeally dislike cooked oatmeal. Mostly the texture just isn't appealing. And to me the flavour isn't the best either. But I know the health benefits are numerous, so I'm trying them my own way. Grinding the oats up into a powder with a coffee bean grinder and puttting them in my protein shakes. Anyways, my question is, do I losing any nutritional value by not cooking the oats?
Posted on 2012-03-10 02:10:13
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal
Hi Iain, thanks for your question. To answer directly, uncooked oats has the same nutritional value as cooked oats. You can also try steel cut oats which have a texture more like rice. This is especially true if you cook the oats with less water.
Posted on 2012-03-10 02:13:24
Name:Kenneth Pierzina
Location:Fullerton Ca.
Subject:Oatmeal Prep
I cook 1 cup oatmeal with 3/4 cup rice milk, topped with cinimon, and applesauce. How does this compare to with water only?
Posted on 2012-03-10 13:51:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal Prep
Hi Kenneth, thanks for your question and sharing a great way to make oatmeal. Water typically does not have many nutrients, though some mineralized waters may provide calcium and other nutrients in varying quantities. Therefore, preparing the oatmeal with rice milk, cinnamon, and applesauce will provide more vitamins and minerals, but also add more calories and sugar. It all depends on your goals. You may also like to try adding a nut, like almonds, to your oatmeal.
Posted on 2012-03-10 14:39:13
Name:Kumar
Location:Singapore
Subject:Oats meal
I cook the oats with water and then I add 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Is it good for health? Can you tell me about the benefits?
Posted on 2012-04-19 09:02:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats meal
Hi Kumar, thanks for your question. Unless you are trying to gain weight or get more calories in your diet, there are little health benefits, and actually some health drawbacks, to adding brown sugar in your oatmeal. Sugar can spike you insulin levels, and over time, increase your risk for type II diabetes. Try adding a banana, or molasses, to your oatmeal instead. Both have less sugar and provide more vitamins and nutrients.
Nutrition Facts Comparison of Brown Sugar, Molasses, and Bananas.
Posted on 2012-04-19 11:25:05
Name:Sue
Location:Australia
Subject:Milk vs. Water
Hello, I Cook Quakers Weight Control Oatmeal like maple and brown sugar, cinnamon, and banana bread with 3/4 cup 1% milk...does this change the nutrition value on the box then because I am adding milk to my oatmeal?
Posted on 2012-04-20 07:56:44
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Milk vs. Water
Hi Sue, thanks for your question. The nutrition facts on the package reflect only the ingredients of the product, and not the extra milk you are adding. Looking at the ingredients for the Quacker Oats Weight Control, it appears that whey protein is added in already and you are probably best off using water.
Posted on 2012-04-20 09:58:54
Name:Tass
Location:Toronto
Subject:Oatmeal and Cholesterol
I have recently started to eat oatmeal at breakfast to reduce my cholesterol. I use the quick cooking one and cook them in the microwave with water, walnuts, crasins, a teaspoon of ground flax seed, and 1/2 a teaspoon of brownsugar. Am I doing the right thing? Is the flavoured oatmeal available in sachets from Quaker as effective in lowering cholesterol as the unflavoured ones?
Posted on 2012-04-28 18:01:48
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal and Cholesterol
Hi Tass, thanks for your question. You are doing a good job adding walnuts and flax seeds, both of which are cholesterol lowering foods. You can also try adding 2 tablespoons of bran, or as much as your stomach can handle. Looking at the nutrition facts comparison for plain oatmeal vs commercial instant oatmeal you can see that the dietary fiber content is lower in instant oatmeal. The lower fiber may reduce the cholesterol lowering effect of oatmeal. You can compensate for this by adding in oat bran. Also, consider cutting the brown sugar, or substituting it with molasses. Molasses has a better nutrient profile and less sugar gram per gram. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-05-06 02:24:06
Name:Saliha Ayub
Location:United Kingdom
Subject:Oats and Cholesterol
I have my oats with soya milk and agave syrup. I have type2 diabetes and 5.6 cholesterol. Am I doing the right thing?
Posted on 2012-05-31 15:53:51
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats and Cholesterol
Hi Saliha, thanks for your question. Depending on how you are managing your type II diabetes, you may not want to use Agave Syrup since it is still high in sugar and the glycemic index. Try substitute the syrup with almonds. You could also try adding oat bran to help lower your cholesterol.
Posted on 2012-05-31 21:14:10
Name:Sabine Lehmann
Location:USA
Subject:Oatmeal with Fruit
I eat my rolled oats raw with a cup of fresh chopped fruit, 1 tbsp of walnuts, 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp of bran and just put it in water. The nuts and seeds give it a crunch. And the fruit makes it sweet without adding too much sugar. What are the benefits of that?
Posted on 2012-06-02 21:29:58
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal with Fruit
Hi Sabine, that is a great recipe for oats, the nuts and bran enhance the cholesterol lowering effect of the oats, and everything else is very dense in vitamins. There might even be enough liquid from the fruits that you do not need to add water. People could also use soy milk if they wanted. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on 2012-06-02 23:12:37
Name:Elyse
Location:Perth
Subject:Oatmeal for weight loss
I cook 1/2 cup of rolled oats with 1 & 1/2 cups of skimmed milk topped with some berries (blueberries, strawberry, rasberries, mullberries) with a slightly healthier version of golden syrup (organic agave nectar) in the microwave for breakfast every morning! I am trying to lose a little bit of weight 1 have gained in the typical problem areas... Am I doing anything wrong - will this recipe/technique assist my weight loss journey? Thanks in advance!!
Posted on 2012-06-07 11:00:57
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal for weight loss
Hi Elyse, thanks for your question. Both the low fat milk and agave nectar are high calorie foods which will not help you lose weight. The oatmeal and the fruits are both low in calories and are fine. On the other hand, weight loss is also about self-management. You need to eat meals which satisfy you enough so you do not binge later. You can try adding some nuts to your oatmeal. Even though they are high in fat and calories, they can help you to feel full for longer. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-06-07 22:13:57
Name:Reena
Location:Mauritius
Subject:Oatmeal and Acne
Hiya, Today is the first time I had oats as breakfast. I made it with water. In fact what I wanted to say is that I never had a good balanced diet and now I am having an acne problem, so are oats a good thing for breakfast?
Posted on 2012-06-19 02:12:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal and Acne
Hi Reena, thanks for your question. Oatmeal is low in sugar and high in fiber. This combination does make it good for reducing acne. You want to be sure you do not add sugar, and avoid sugar rich foods which can make acne worse. Hope that helps, and keep eating healthy!
Posted on 2012-06-19 10:52:02
Name:KC
Location:Chattanooga, TN
Subject:Steeped not Cooked
A lot of people donít like oatmeal because of the mushy texture. Others donít like the time it takes or having to clean a pot. I always steep my oatmeal. I put the dry oatmeal in the bowl Iíll be eating in, throw in some nuts, berries, cinnamon, and and stevia packet (Iím a Type 2 diabetic) . Boil water in your kettle or microwave and add steaming hot water to the bowl. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. The oatmeal is soft to eat but has a nice chew, the nuts soften, berries release flavor as does the cinnamon and itís not mushy. I do this at work or home and no more mush or scorched pans.
Posted on 2012-06-26 10:53:57
Name:J. Richens
Location:Utah
Subject:Oatmeal Types
Will you please explain the difference and health benefit of each: Steel cut oats, rolled oats, and quick oats. I have been eating quick oats for over a year. I was wondering if steel cut oats are any healthier.
Posted on 2012-08-19 01:08:39
Name:Loie
Location:Maine
Subject:Oatmeal Sweetener
We've had steel-cut oats for breakfast for years, cooking it in water. In each bowl, we add about 3/4 C. lowfat Greek yogurt, a few almonds, sliced banana, and a few blueberries or strawberries. My questions: Could we substitute low-fat, (35 calorie per cup) Almond Milk for the water? And is a tablespoon of honey from our home-raised bees as bad as sugar?
Posted on 2012-08-26 10:27:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal Sweetner
Hi Loie, thanks for your questions. Honey is 82% sugar, and so is not as bad as pure sugar. Honey may also have other nutrients which convey benefits. You can certainly substitute the almond milk for water, let us know how it turns out!
Posted on 2012-08-26 13:04:13
Name:Knitty Twit
Location:Washington
Subject:I make mine...
I made a large batch this morning. Here is my recipe: 3 cups rolled oats, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups water, 1 cup dehydrated apples broken up, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup of blueberries, tbsp coconut oil, and 1 tbsp molasses. Family adds sweetener to taste.
Posted on 2012-09-09 12:20:52
Name:Zena
Location:Australia
Subject:Gain weight
Hey there, just wondering what type of oats best help me gain weight? Thank you
Posted on 2012-09-24 10:22:45
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gain weight
Hi Zena, thanks for your question. Instant oats would be the best. They do not have as much fiber, and will not fill you up as fast, so you can eat a bigger portion. Adding milk, nuts, dry fruit, or other high calorie foods to your oats will also help.
Posted on 2012-09-24 13:10:02
Name:Michele
Location:Georgia
Subject:Whole vs Instant Oats
For any Edgar Cayce fans out there, here is a quote from his reading 3326-1 indicating his preference in oats. ď[Take] oatmeal that is cooked a long time, not the oats cooked only a few minutesóthat isnít very good for anyone. These are much better if they are of the whole grain and not rolled or so treated chemically as to cause them to cook easily.Ē
Posted on 2012-11-10 17:12:41
Name:Lynda
Location:Santa Cruz, CA
Subject:Cholesterol
When I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, my dietitian said the cholesterol levels in foods were far less relevant that the percentage of calories from fat. Keep the fat calories below 30%, don't overdo the cholesterol foods and those levels will not affect you.

My high cholesterol levels are genetic - diet appears to have no effect on them, even when I exclude all cholesterol-containing foods and stick to the 30% fat calorie rule. I still love oatmeal, though. :)

Posted on 2012-12-01 05:28:07
Name:Larry
Location:Lagos, Nigeria
Subject:Just Concluded To Try It!
Hi Healthaliciousness, I sincerely enjoy your oatmeal informative recipes which made me concluded that I will try it. However, having read your lovely ways of preparing it and satisfied. I still get confused as to series of ways all the writers here prepared theirs but one writer's attracted me when he mention banana and molasses in addition. How best can I mix the banana and the molasses with your normal preparation since the two aforesaid was not included in your recipe? Kindly let me also know what I can as well add to it if need be? Thank you!
Posted on 2012-12-01 11:47:53
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Just Concluded To Try It!
Hi Larry, thanks for your question and kind comments. Adding banans and molasses to oatmeal should be done after the oatmeal is cooked. Take the oatmeal from the pot and serve it in a bowl or plate. Once there, you can add bananas or molasses to the oatmeal. You can also try adding various toppings like nuts, dried fruits, or even dark chocolate! Hope that answers your questions, come back and share your favorite combination here!
Posted on 2012-12-01 21:09:44
Name:Robin
Location:Duluth, USA
Subject:Irish Steelcut Oatmeal Recipe
I couldn't stand normal rolled oats oatmeal as it seems-to me-slimy and gluey. Then I saw John McCannn's Irish steelcut oatmeal that comes in a metal can painted white. Yes it takes about 20-30 minutes to make but it is the food of the gods the way I have started making it. I doubt that oatmeal could be considered a diet food by anyone although it really does-at least this Irish one-stick to your ribs and keep you "full" for a long, long time. When weight builders want to add heft they eat a lot of oats to build their muscles (if not weight-lifting it would build fat I'm pretty sure). Anyway here's my recipe for food of the gods; One hefty serving; put 2 cups of almond milk into saucepan on high heat. Have 1/2 cup of McCann's steelcut oats nearby. Pay attention to the process in the beginning.Give the almond milk a stir now and again and heat to a low boil.While whisking the milk pour the oats in and give it a good stir.Turn the heat down to medium and give it a stir- put your timer on for 20 minutes.When the milk-oat combo seems thicker a bit turn heat down so that it retains a very slight simmer. Stir it occasionally to keep it from sticking. At the end of the 20 minutes try a little bit to see if you like the texture of the oats.At 20 minutes the oats usually have a chewy texture which I like. More time and a few more stirs and it gets softer and less chewy.When it as you like it take it off the stove, put it into a bowl with a spatula(it's sticky),sprinkle it lightly with salt,a dollop of butter, and a tablespoon of xylitol (an alternative for sugar that diabetics can eat, has fewer calories, tastes just like sugar and is good for your teeth as an added bonus!)Wow is it good and after you eat it you won't be hungrey again for a long,long, long time.Look xylitol up online to see what you think.My husband's a diabetic and eats xylitol all the time for years and is fine. You can buy it at healthfood paces, whole foods stores and onine-just type in buy xylitol and you'll find lots of places that sell it.I actually find my sweet tastebuds can't take alot of sweetness any more and find I have reduced the amount of xylitol by quite a bit in all receipes.
Posted on 2012-12-13 14:31:37
Name:Tom
Location:Wayzata, MN
Subject:Oatmeal Options
I soak my thick cut/rolled oatmeal overnight (1 cup oats, 1 1/2 cups water). In the morning I throw about 1/4th cup or so of raw cranberries (or 5 or so peach slices) into the mixture and heat to simmering. I stir a few times and after about 3 minutes turn off heat and cover. Five minutes later it is perfect. I eat it most often without adding any milk... if I add milk, it is skim.
Posted on 2012-12-15 09:00:13
Name:Sonali
Location:India
Subject:Oat Meals
I prepare oat meals with water and add jaggery to it. Sometimes add milk also. It is good for kids of 5-6 yrs, as jaggery provides good iron.
Posted on 2012-12-18 07:04:03
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oat Meals
Hi Sonali, thanks for your question. Adding jaggery is an interesting idea. However jaggery, a type of refined sugar, is made in a variety of ways and nutrient content can differ widely. Some jaggery is similar to brown sugar with little nutrition content, while other types can provide nutrients like iron. Check the nutrition label of the jaggery you are using to be sure.
Posted on 2012-12-18 08:49:33
Name:Nitin
Location:India
Subject:Rolled oats for Dinner
Hi Healthaliciousness,
Your article on oatmeals and the prompt replies are very informative. Thanks for that. I have a query regarding having oatmeals in the night as a substitute for dinner, is it ok to have oatmeals in the night with Almonds and skimmed milk, considering I am trying to lose weight?
Posted on 2013-01-04 08:54:15
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Rolled oats for Dinner
Hi Nitin, thanks for your question. Weight loss is a lot about works for you. Almonds and milk are high calorie foods which you should avoid, however, they can help you feel full for longer, keeping you from eating a lot of food in the morning. Your recipe should be fine, just don't add too many almonds. You can also try adding oat bran, which is low in calories, high in fiber, and can help you feel full for longer.
Posted on 2013-01-04 13:49:00
Name:Patrick Kahangire
Location:Kampala
Subject:Oats for diabetics
Which Oats brands have no sugar and what is the best way to prepare them?
Posted on 2013-01-15 04:27:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats for diabetics
Hi Patrick, thanks for your question. Different brands have different products. Almost all brands will make a "regular" oatmeal that is just plain oats. Check the ingredient label for sugar, and avoid products that list sugar as an ingredient. Further natural oats should not have more than 1g of sugar on the nutrient label. Oatmeal is high in carbohydrates, so be careful not to eat too much. You are best to prepare the oatmeal by adding oat bran. This will increase the fiber content and hopefully reduce the amount of carbohydrates per serving. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-01-15 13:56:50
Name:Christie
Location:Asheville, NC
Subject:Grade B maple syrup on oatmeal
I've heard that grade B maple syrup is full of nutrients and I love it on oatmeal. What is your opinion of its food value?
Posted on 2013-01-26 19:25:56
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Grade B maple syrup on oatmeal
Hi Christie, thanks for your question. Maple syrup is high in certain minerals, particularly manganese. However, if you look at the nutrition facts comparison between maple syrup, sorghum syrup, and molasses it would appear that both sorghum syrup and molasses have a higher nutrient density, with molasses being the most nutritious. So while maple syrup is fine, consider trying molasses or sorghum syrup as well.
Posted on 2013-01-26 19:31:04
Name:Susan Lewis
Location:Coventry
Subject:How I like my oats
I make a batch up in the microwave to last 4 or 5 days. It's nice not to have a sticky dish to wash every day. I store in my fridge and heat up as required for 1 minute. I prefer the texture to be more set than sticky. I have it with plain low fat yogurt and a good teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
Posted on 2013-01-29 18:26:59
Name:Lili Mamo
Location:Weston, FL
Subject:Oatmeal in microwave recipe
Let's face it, every morning is a rush! So I cook my regular oats in the microwave, following the same amounts listed in the above recipe, but ready in just a couple a minutes (depends on microwave), without having to wait nor to clean up the pot. Also, I pop in cinnamon and raisins, or bananas (it'll taste kinda like banana bread :), any natural fruit I have in hand, yogurt, a little bit of a boxed cereal, nuts, or whatever I feel like, but no sugar, though, just natural stuff, and I have a bowl of no-boring-get-me-tired-of-eating-this-gooey-stuff-every-morning of healthy oatmeal. Try it!
Posted on 2013-02-05 12:11:00
Name:Dan Browne
Location:Prairie Grove, Illinois
Subject:Sweeteners for Oatmeal
Just found out my LDL cholesterol is high and have been eating rolled outs for breakfast. Sugar seems to raise cholesterol, so what's the best way to sweeten up the oatmeal without raising my cholesterol? I've tried agave nectar, (have heard that's not a great choice) raisins, blueberries. It's just not nearly as sweet as I like it, but I don't want to offset the benefits by adding sugar.
Posted on 2013-03-19 17:12:35
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sweeteners for Oatmeal
Hi Dan, thanks for your question. Fresh fruits like blueberries are a great sweetener. You can also try bananas and apricots. Further, adding unsweetened soy milk might add a different taste. To a large extent it is best if you can just adjust your taste to eating oatmeal less sweet. It may take a month, but stick to it and you will be rewarded with better health!
Posted on 2013-03-19 23:22:59
Name:Naomi
Location:Tonga
Subject:Yummy Oatmeals
Please I want to ask one thing, because the only thing I have here in Tonga is roll oats. The question is that do I use the same recipe for rolled oats as for oatmeal?
Posted on 2013-03-19 23:27:19
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Yummy Oatmeals
Hi Naomi, thanks for your question. You can use the same recipe. Basically oatmeal and rolled oats are the same thing. Oatmeal is what you get after you cook rolled oats. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-03-19 23:30:03
Name:James R.
Location:Pacific Palisades
Subject:My Oatmeal Recipe with Milk
I've found that perhaps adding about a 1 to 1 ratio of milk and water when preparing oatmeal makes the oatmeal thicker when making a large batch and storing it for use in the refrigerator.

My recipe consists currently of water, oatmeal, walnut pieces, and a 3 berrie mix from the frozen food section of Costco.

Water or water/milk=3 qts
Oatmeal=1 qt
Berries=2 cups
Walnut pieces=2 cups
Maple syrup, honey, brown sugar or molasses=1 cup, your choice

Posted on 2013-03-22 08:49:20
Name:Reem
Location:Abu Dhabi
Subject:Whole Milk in Oatmeal
Thanks for the great post and regular replies to responses - it is extremely useful. I've been advised that I need to switch to full fat milk due to fertility issues. I was concerned due to your comments about it being a high calorie food. I guess I just have to do it as it is recommended by the Dr whilst trying to conceive? I was planning on making oatmeal made with full fat milk a regular part of my diet. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Posted on 2013-03-31 08:35:42
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Whole Milk in Oatmeal
Hi Reem, thanks for your question. If you are trying to lose weight, then skim milk is preferred over whole milk. However, if you are trying to conceive then you can try whole milk for a while and switch to skim later. Not sure if whole milk will help you conceive but you can try it. You could exercise more each day to compensate for the added calories in whole milk. Hope those thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-03-31 08:35:42
Name:New To Oatmeal
Location:Europe
Subject:Can one eat uncooked oats?
Hello. Looking for a healthy breakfast option I turned to oatmeal for the first time in my life. The first week I ate it I got terrible stomach pains and the runs. I was using regular oatmeal that I did not cook on a stove, I just microwaved it. I then turned to instant microwaved oatmeal to test my reaction, and it was fine. I am now going to try returning to regular oatmeal, since I do not want the sugars added to the instant packages, but to cook it on the stove this time. I am guessing that eating not fully cooked oats caused my stomach problems. Can you please explain to me what happens in the cooking process that makes oats digestible? Do all people react to uncooked oats? Also, do you need to soak oats before cooking them? Thank you so much for your time.
Posted on 2013-04-08 04:55:00
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Can one eat uncooked oats?
Hello and thanks for your questions. It is possible to eat raw uncooked oats in small quantities (1/4 cup or less). However, you probably want to have them with fruit salad, or yogurt, or some other liquid. If you don't, then the oats will cook in your stomach and expand. This is likely what caused your stomach pain, and why cooking oats first is better. Oats can also be eaten toasted, as in Muesli or Granola. You may prefer oats in this form. You do not need to soak oats before cooking them, though some people do this, it is up to you. Keep on going with eating healthier, it may take time for your stomach to adjust to healthier foods but you will get there!
Posted on 2013-04-09 04:39:43
Name:New To Oats
Location:Europe
Subject:Thank you!
Thank you so much for your answer.

I have started my whole family on oats for breakfast. I cook one pot, take some out for my husband, who likes his only with salt, which is surprisingly rather tasty, although not my preference. I then add apples and cinnamon to the remaining oatmeal, and then take out my portion. For the kids I add honey, otherwise they would not eat it. I will see if with time I can not switch the honey to some healthier options you mentioned about. Doing it this way everyone gets their tastes met, and only cook once.

I find it less expensive and much healthier then the commercial cereals that we were eating previously. We are a large family so I need to budget my groceries. My oldest has reported that she is not starving at school before lunch and can concentrate better. For my husband and myself it is helping us with our weight loss for the same reason, we do not feel hungry till lunch.

Now I will go try out some of the recipe versions mentioned above!

Posted on 2013-04-09 05:28:15
Name:C.Rod.
Location:Malta
Subject:My raw oats recipe
1 cup Quaker oats -1 cup water -1 chopped fresh orange -1 and or fresh chopped grapefrit -fresh chopped apple -half cup pumpkin seed -half cup almonds chopped. Let all soak without any cooking. Could you please explain the benefits or any great bad implications. Wish to keep weight stable. Thanks.
Posted on 2013-04-18 00:32:42
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: My raw oats recipe
Hi C Rod, thanks for sharing your recipe. It sounds very healthy. The only potential drawback is that both the pumpkin seeds and almonds are high in calories. However, they are a very healthy food that can help you feel full. As long as this recipe keeps you feeling full till your next meal, then it should be fine for weight maintenance.
Posted on 2013-04-21 04:00:16
Name:Marilyn F
Location:Canada
Subject:Oatbran verses oatmeal
Thanks for this great site.I have terrible thigh cramps and am obese,so I am really giving it a concerted effort to lose weight. I have been having the package flavored oatmeal and after research am thinking to change to 3/4 cup of oatbran for the potassium. I notice you often say to add a couple of tbls to regular oatmeal, is there a reason for not fully oatbran? Thank you so much.
Posted on 2013-05-13 05:22:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatbran verses oatmeal
Hi Marilyn, thanks for your question. Eating only oatbran would almost certainly be best for weight loss as well as potassium. The main problems are that oatbran alone is not very palatable, and further, can act as a laxative.
Posted on 2013-05-16 00:45:10
Name:Desi
Location:St. Paul, Minnesota
Subject:Steel cut oats in a crock pot
I make my steel cut oats in the crock pot overnight so they are ready when we get up. In crock pot on LOW put 4 cups water, 1 cup steel cut oats. Then add whatever you want. I add 2 tsps cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins. Chopped pears are also great. They sweeten the oats nicely (more so than apples). Cook on LOW overnight. I get up earlier than my husband, so I have mine, then turn the crock pot to "keep warm" setting. When he gets up a couple hours later it's still hot, but not cooking more.
Posted on 2013-05-18 08:38:33
Name:Kathereen
Location:Malaysia
Subject:Instant and Quickcook Oatmeal Vs. Regular
Hi, I am mixing 4scoops of instant oatmeal and 2 scoops of almond powder in 200ml boiling water as breakfast daily. Is the nutrition value enough for instant oatmeal instead of cooked rolled oatmeal? Can I know what is the difference between instant oatmeal and quick-cook oatmeal? Did they serve the same nutritional value?
Posted on 2013-06-04 07:55:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Instant and Quickcook Oatmeal Vs. Regular
Hi Kathereen, thanks for your question. Usually instant oatmeal is fortified and so has as many nutrients as regular oatmeal, however, these nutrients are not always natural. Also, instant oatmeal can have less fiber than regular, you can make up for this by adding bran to your mix, though the almond powder likely adds fiber. Here is the complete nutrition facts comparison of regular oatmeal vs instant.
Posted on 2013-06-04 15:37:12
Name:Joanne
Location:Idaho
Subject:My Multi-Grain Oatmeal Recipe
When I was young, my mother fixed oatmeal 3-4 times per week. We called it "mush" and it was very mushy! (Yuck) When I married and started my own home I fell in love with old fashioned oats. Now I mix up a big bag of oatmeal, quinoa, almonds, walnuts, raisins (homemade), cranberries, flax seed and cinnamon and then put it in the freezer. Each morning I put about 3/4 to 1 cup of my "mixture" in water and cook. Then I top it with fresh cut up apple or blueberries or strawberries or some "in season" fresh fruit (fresh peaches or pears are great), then put a couple spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt on the top. It makes for a great breakfast! Lots of nutrition, tastes great and easy to fix. I consume most of my day's calories for breakfast and smaller meals during the day, so this meal fits right in.
Posted on 2013-06-05 01:49:43
Name:Grace Chan
Location:Singapore
Subject:Cooking Oatmeal the Chinese Way
I like eating oatmeal, unfortunately, I dislike anything sweet. I tried cooking oatmeal as I would cook Chinese congee. I just substitute rice with oatmeal and add minced meat or fish to it. It taste quite good. By adding minced meat, would it reduce the effect of oatmeal in reducing cholesterol?
Posted on 2013-06-28 04:03:36
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Cooking Oatmeal the Chinese Way
Hi Grace, thanks for sharing your recipe and for your question. It is difficult to say how much adding mince meat would affect the cholesterol lowering properties of oatmeal. It would depend on how much fat the meat contains, and it would be best to avoid mince meat if you are trying to lower your cholesterol. While fish is also high in cholesterol, it is a heart healthy food, so you can keep adding it. Consider also adding salted nuts, or pickles. Hope those thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-06-28 23:13:53
Name:Ro
Location:Melbourne, Australia
Subject:Oats, Keffir & Cholesterol
Hi, I was reading your great posts here. I have high cholesterol which I am gradually lowering. I eat about a third cup of oats mixed with a few tablespoons of keffir (which is like a really high probiotic yogurtish substance I make using low fat milk). When making the keffir, I know the keffir grains (as they're called) eat the lactose out of the milk and you're left with a fermented yogurtish curd with thousands of probiotics in it. My question is, would this have cholesterol in it? I Would really appreciate any help you can give me on this! Thank you.
Posted on 2013-07-12 16:25:38
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats, Keffir & Cholesterol
Hi Ro, thanks for your comments and question. The keffir would have some cholesterol from the low fat milk. To avoid any cholesterol get skim milk, or 0% fat milk.
Posted on 2013-07-15 10:18:40
Name:Aref
Location:Abu Dhabi
Subject:boiling oats with sliced zucchini+ rosemary
I tried boiling oats with sliced zucchini, rosemary, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Pretty good taste! I wonder if high cholesterol and high uric acid are correlated? I am starting to get both, and am struggling with finding the right diet- especially that I also have hiatal hernia and thus cannot eat acidic food...
Posted on 2013-08-06 06:17:09
Name:Mike
Location:Canada
Subject:Oatmeal history
As a young boy I remember oatmeal for breakfast and loved it better then bacon and eggs.
As I grew older and went out on my own I bought the Quaker oats brand steel cut.
Flash forward to today going past the "New and Improved" labels on everything I saw one day the oatmeal had also changed. Cooking time had changed and steel cut disappeared. I went to another brand that were steel cut but the flavour and consistency had changed and amount balance went to 1 cup oats and 1 cup water before I started enjoying it again. Mostly I liked it with brown sugar but I used just a sprinkle of sugar and a little 2% milk. The question I am asking is has anyone else noticed the changes the food industry has made and what they think of Monsanto seed that has pesticides grown into the seed?
I don't think we are eating food like we used to and that is why people are getting sicker all the time, and Drs put them on pills which are another chemical we never understand not being Drs ourselves, and I never was taught Latin or Greek and "trust me" seems a bit shady.
Posted on 2013-09-21 21:00:07
Name:Cab
Location:USA
Subject:Time to see a difference
Hubby has been told his cholesterol is high and I've been able to sometimes get him to eat oatmeal. Maybe with the nuts, as he likes them, I can get him to eat a bowl every day...just wonder if it will show a difference in his readings in 3 months when he goes back. Yes, we are doing a total food change, which is making me more happy than him. He's not a happy camper. Also, would making a healthier version of maybe oatmeal muffins, be just as good for him?
Posted on 2013-09-22 12:04:20
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Time to see a difference
Hi Cab, glad to hear of all the positive changes. Oatmeal should definitely help. Oatmeal muffins however, are a different story. They typically contain either butter or vegetable oil. Neither are particularly good for cholesterol. Further, they tend to be high in sugar, which also hurts a healthy cholesterol lowering diet. You could try get creative, but your best bet is to stick to the oatmeal. Even healthy food can be addictive after a while.
Posted on 2013-09-23 04:34:47
Name:ESP
Location:Virginia
Subject:Raw uncooked oatmeal shake/smoothie
I make a shake for breakfast by blending oats, skim milk, banana (1/2), walnuts, blue berries, one date, flax seeds, crasins, cinnamon powder, whey powder. Does this seem like a healthy breakfast drink?
Posted on 2013-09-23 20:22:21
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Raw uncooked oatmeal shake/smoothie
Hi ESP, thanks for sharing your recipe. It sounds very healthy. You may not need to add the whey powder since the nuts and flax seeds already contain a fair amount of protein. Just depends on your protein goals or diet.
Posted on 2013-09-23 20:47:54
Name:Alexandra Lang
Location:California
Subject:I love this idea
Iím curious about the powdered whey. Is this the whey I get at the nutrition store or is it different? Where would I find powdered whey that you use for this recipe? Thank you. I love this idea!
Posted on 2013-09-23 21:14:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: I love this idea (What kind of whey?)
Hi Alexandra, thanks for your question. It might be a while till the original poster replies. You could probably use nutrition store whey, Amazon also sells a more natural whey from Bob's Red Mill which could work. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-09-23 22:14:35
Name:Valerie
Location:Arizona
Subject:Does eating oatmeal always mean lowering cholesterol?
I love having oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins and sometimes make my meatloaf with oatmeal. Am I sabotaging myself in to thinking I am helping to lower my cholesterol?
Posted on 2013-10-13 02:19:37
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Does eating oatmeal always mean lowering cholesterol?
Hi Valerie, thanks for your questions and comments. Adding oatmeal to these recipes might make them more healthful, but you are right to think that oatmeal with brown sugar, or oatmeal with minced beef are not cholesterol lowering foods. Try plain oatmeal with bran and/or unsweetened almond milk. Or add almonds. There is perhaps nothing that can make meatloaf cholesterol lowering, unless it is really lean beef, or lean ground turkey/chicken etc...Then mixing in the oatmeal with lean meats might work to lower cholesterol...
Posted on 2013-10-13 15:35:42
Name:Yanadisetty
Location:India
Subject:Combination of honey with oats
Sir, I am a beginner of quaker oats eater. I am taking one cup of cooked oats with the combination of fresh moongdal sprouts (mung bean), pista dry fruits (pistachios), small quantity of cashew nuts, honey, corn etc. Is is recommendable to take them with oats?
Posted on 2013-10-25 23:23:32
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Combination of honey with oats
Hi Yanadisetty, thanks for sharing your recipe. What are your goals with eating oatmeal, is it for weight gain or weight loss? Are you looking to lower cholesterol?

If you are looking to lose weight then leave out the nuts and honey, to lower cholesterol, leave out the honey, and if you want to gain weight, add more nuts and honey. In balance, it seems you have created a very healthy recipe!

Posted on 2013-10-26 02:35:50
Name:Betsy
Location:North Carolina
Subject:Bananas, blood sugar, and oatmeal
Hi, I love oatmeal (I have switched from instant to regular Quaker oats). I like it with flax seed, walnuts, and cinnamon (no sweeteners). I used to add a banana but I'm trying to stay with fruits low on the glycemic index. I am not diabetic but my mother was. Am I right to forgo bananas? I love them.
Posted on 2013-11-02 13:12:39
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Bananas, blood sugar, and oatmeal
Hi Betsy, having a banana in your oatmeal is fine. Eating the banana with other foods like the flax seeds and walnuts will help reduce its glycemic load. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-11-03 05:22:34
Name:Barney
Location:Texas
Subject:Oatmeal Preparation with a Microwave
I cook 1/4 cup old fashion oats with 3/4 cup of water in the microwave at full power for 90 seconds. Let set for a few minutes, add cinnamon and cook 30 seconds on high. I then add frozen blueberries, cover and refrigerate. Next morning I microwave on high for 100 seconds, add walnuts, a packet of Stevia, and maybe a teaspoon of honey. That is a good sized serving for me.
Posted on 2013-11-09 01:00:24
Name:Anon
Location:North Carolina
Subject:Keeping oatmeal from being sticky?
Would a tablespoon of salt help to keep the oatmeal from sticking?
Posted on 2013-11-12 05:08:59
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Keeping oatmeal from being sticky?
Hi and thanks for your question. Salt would not really help with stickiness. Try boiling the water before adding the oatmeal and then turning the heat down. Further, you can add a bit (1 Tablespoon) of uncooked oatmeal at the end for a more crunchy texture. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-11-12 18:23:04
Name:Keith
Location:Japan
Subject:Oatmeal with onion and/or garlic
I love oatmeal with onion and or garlic. Is this a good mix for me? I am trying to lose weight...What would be a good breakfast? I don't use milk, just water.
Posted on 2013-11-25 22:30:57
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal with onion and/or garlic
Hi Keith, thanks for your question. Oatmeal with onion and garlic is great for weight loss if you like the taste. Keep using water to save on calories. One issue is being able to feel full. You might try adding some nuts if you don't feel full for very long. Otherwise, your recipe is great.
Posted on 2013-11-27 15:01:42
Name:Ashwin
Location:Chennai
Subject:How to prepare Rice for lunch out of Oats?
I would love to take oats instead of rice for lunch. Can you please tell me the procedure to prepare it and should pinch of salt to be added while boiling it?? Will the oat rice go good with gravies? I want to loose weight please provide me suggestions regarding oats. Thanks in advance.
Posted on 2014-01-17 02:37:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How to prepare Rice for lunch out of Oats?
Hi Ashwin, thanks for your question. You can add salt to oats and try to eat it in a savory sense, but it is not common. If you are looking to lose weight, brown rice could be just as effective, and the best way to lose weight is to reduce your portion to 3/4 to a 1/2 serving of rice. Then, increase your vegetables so you don't feel too hungry. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2014-01-17 02:41:29
Name:John F Lynch
Location:United States
Subject:Toasted Oats
I find toasting rolled oats is fine and even toasted steel cut oats is great to eat, adding in almond milk, berries, some cinnamon, and a dollop of yogurt. I'm just wondering if the steel cut oats might be too harsh for teeth - will it hurt what is left of the enamel? I've been alternating rolled and steel cut for two months.
Posted on 2014-02-06 06:27:18
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Toasted Oats
Hi John, thanks for sharing your experience and for your question. Toasting rolled oats is a great idea and probably puts it close to granola. As for toasted steel cut oats, it does sound hard on your teeth. If it doesn't hurt the enamel, it will likely get stuck in between your teeth encouraging bacteria and cavities. You are best to stick to rolled oats if that works for you.
Posted on 2014-02-06 20:54:29
Name:John F Lynch
Location:United States
Subject:RE: Toasted Oats
I noticed this morning that letting them 'cook' a couple minutes after toasting seemed to work better -- just happened by accident but think that is the way I'll go forward. I will monitor it though, but they seem more like grape nuts that way - going from memory on that one.
Posted on 2014-02-07 00:39:31
Name:Joe N
Location:Portage, IN
Subject:Evaporated milk in oatmeal
I've enjoyed oatmeal since I was a kid, and I sometimes cook it the way my mom did, with canned fat free evaporated milk. Are there any health benefits/drawbacks to this?
Posted on 2014-03-04 12:22:47
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Evaporated milk in oatmeal
Hi Joe, thanks for your question. Evaporated milk is typically very sweet and so this would be the main drawback. 1/2 a cup (8 tablespoons) contains 14.5 grams of sugar. That said, the same half cup of condensed milk also provides 37% DV for calcium, 12% DV Potassium, and 25% DV phosphorus. If you are not overweight, and fine with the extra sugar/calories, condensed milk could be a good way to get extra nutrients in your diet. That said, oatmeal is already very rich in carbs, and adding the condensed milk only makes the glycemic (carb) load worse. Almonds would be a better choice for nutrients while regulating carbs, though condensed milk likely tastes better. Hope that helps provide some insight. Here are the complete nutrition facts for non-fat condensed milk.
Posted on 2014-03-05 19:21:34
Name:Dennis Elston
Location:Michigan
Subject:Oatmeal and V-8
From thought:~) added "Low-Sodium" V-8 to Dry shredded oats, cooked in Microwave, & didn't need to add anything: milk, salt, sugar...And it tastes wonderfully good, & the lycopene & fiber is an added benefit.
Posted on 2014-03-21 23:30:49

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Name:Gary Barsch
Location:Orange, California 92869
Subject:Oatmeal, how to cook.
Received oatmeal from a friend. Looks different than Quick Oats in the round cardboard can. Will try the formula above. -Gary.
Posted on 2011-09-14 16:38:28
Name:Fabian
Location:Cape Breton
Subject:Oatmeal
My mother fed us kids oatmeal every morning when I was young, I got married and stopped eating it, and I don't know why I think I will start again tomorrow.
Posted on 2011-10-26 23:40:20
Name:Maureen
Location:Lawrenceville, NJ
Subject:Oatmeal
I cook the oats in 2% low fat milk instead of water. How much magnesium is in a half cup of oatmeal cooked this way? Do oats still retain their nutritional value if cooked with milk? Also, what is the difference in nutritional value between steel cut oats and regular rolled oats (Quaker brand)?
Posted on 2012-01-02 12:51:55
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal
Hi Maureen, thanks for your comment and question. You can expect half a cup of the milk-cooked oatmeal to contain approximately 38mg of magnesium or 10% of the DV. The nutrition value of the oatmeal should not be hurt cooking the oatmeal this way. Steel cut oats are processed less than rolled oats and will provide more bran. They will also take longer to be digested by your body, keeping your insulin lower and your blood sugar more stable. Steel cut oats, however, requre more cooking time.
Complete nutrition facts for cooked oats and 2% milk.
Posted on 2012-01-02 21:59:25
Name:JOAN FITZPATRICK
Location:LOS ANGELES
Subject:STEEL CUT OATMEAN
A neighbor's doctor told her to eat steel cut oatmeal to lower her cholesterol. After 3 or 4 months, she was off medication. I tried it and within 3 months I was off Crestor, and have cholesterol under 200 ever since - 2 years ago. No more medication!
Posted on 2012-01-20 02:54:59
Name:Raju Tandel
Location:India, Daman
Subject:Cholesterol
I have high cholesterol and I have started oatmeal for breakfast but I am having it with regular milk so is it good in milk or with just water? Which is more beneficial? Can you tell me?
Posted on 2012-01-25 02:44:50
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Cholesterol
Hi Raju, thanks for your question. Whole milk contains cholesterol and is a high cholesterol food which is best avoided. Make your oatmeal with only water, and consider eating it with bran, almonds, or any of these other cholesterol lowering foods.
Posted on 2012-01-25 02:59:58
Name:Iain Booth
Location:St Marys, ON
Subject:Oatmeal
I reeeeeally dislike cooked oatmeal. Mostly the texture just isn't appealing. And to me the flavour isn't the best either. But I know the health benefits are numerous, so I'm trying them my own way. Grinding the oats up into a powder with a coffee bean grinder and puttting them in my protein shakes. Anyways, my question is, do I losing any nutritional value by not cooking the oats?
Posted on 2012-03-10 02:10:13
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal
Hi Iain, thanks for your question. To answer directly, uncooked oats has the same nutritional value as cooked oats. You can also try steel cut oats which have a texture more like rice. This is especially true if you cook the oats with less water.
Posted on 2012-03-10 02:13:24
Name:Kenneth Pierzina
Location:Fullerton Ca.
Subject:Oatmeal Prep
I cook 1 cup oatmeal with 3/4 cup rice milk, topped with cinimon, and applesauce. How does this compare to with water only?
Posted on 2012-03-10 13:51:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal Prep
Hi Kenneth, thanks for your question and sharing a great way to make oatmeal. Water typically does not have many nutrients, though some mineralized waters may provide calcium and other nutrients in varying quantities. Therefore, preparing the oatmeal with rice milk, cinnamon, and applesauce will provide more vitamins and minerals, but also add more calories and sugar. It all depends on your goals. You may also like to try adding a nut, like almonds, to your oatmeal.
Posted on 2012-03-10 14:39:13
Name:Kumar
Location:Singapore
Subject:Oats meal
I cook the oats with water and then I add 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Is it good for health? Can you tell me about the benefits?
Posted on 2012-04-19 09:02:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats meal
Hi Kumar, thanks for your question. Unless you are trying to gain weight or get more calories in your diet, there are little health benefits, and actually some health drawbacks, to adding brown sugar in your oatmeal. Sugar can spike you insulin levels, and over time, increase your risk for type II diabetes. Try adding a banana, or molasses, to your oatmeal instead. Both have less sugar and provide more vitamins and nutrients.
Nutrition Facts Comparison of Brown Sugar, Molasses, and Bananas.
Posted on 2012-04-19 11:25:05
Name:Sue
Location:Australia
Subject:Milk vs. Water
Hello, I Cook Quakers Weight Control Oatmeal like maple and brown sugar, cinnamon, and banana bread with 3/4 cup 1% milk...does this change the nutrition value on the box then because I am adding milk to my oatmeal?
Posted on 2012-04-20 07:56:44
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Milk vs. Water
Hi Sue, thanks for your question. The nutrition facts on the package reflect only the ingredients of the product, and not the extra milk you are adding. Looking at the ingredients for the Quacker Oats Weight Control, it appears that whey protein is added in already and you are probably best off using water.
Posted on 2012-04-20 09:58:54
Name:Tass
Location:Toronto
Subject:Oatmeal and Cholesterol
I have recently started to eat oatmeal at breakfast to reduce my cholesterol. I use the quick cooking one and cook them in the microwave with water, walnuts, crasins, a teaspoon of ground flax seed, and 1/2 a teaspoon of brownsugar. Am I doing the right thing? Is the flavoured oatmeal available in sachets from Quaker as effective in lowering cholesterol as the unflavoured ones?
Posted on 2012-04-28 18:01:48
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal and Cholesterol
Hi Tass, thanks for your question. You are doing a good job adding walnuts and flax seeds, both of which are cholesterol lowering foods. You can also try adding 2 tablespoons of bran, or as much as your stomach can handle. Looking at the nutrition facts comparison for plain oatmeal vs commercial instant oatmeal you can see that the dietary fiber content is lower in instant oatmeal. The lower fiber may reduce the cholesterol lowering effect of oatmeal. You can compensate for this by adding in oat bran. Also, consider cutting the brown sugar, or substituting it with molasses. Molasses has a better nutrient profile and less sugar gram per gram. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-05-06 02:24:06
Name:Saliha Ayub
Location:United Kingdom
Subject:Oats and Cholesterol
I have my oats with soya milk and agave syrup. I have type2 diabetes and 5.6 cholesterol. Am I doing the right thing?
Posted on 2012-05-31 15:53:51
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats and Cholesterol
Hi Saliha, thanks for your question. Depending on how you are managing your type II diabetes, you may not want to use Agave Syrup since it is still high in sugar and the glycemic index. Try substitute the syrup with almonds. You could also try adding oat bran to help lower your cholesterol.
Posted on 2012-05-31 21:14:10
Name:Sabine Lehmann
Location:USA
Subject:Oatmeal with Fruit
I eat my rolled oats raw with a cup of fresh chopped fruit, 1 tbsp of walnuts, 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp of bran and just put it in water. The nuts and seeds give it a crunch. And the fruit makes it sweet without adding too much sugar. What are the benefits of that?
Posted on 2012-06-02 21:29:58
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal with Fruit
Hi Sabine, that is a great recipe for oats, the nuts and bran enhance the cholesterol lowering effect of the oats, and everything else is very dense in vitamins. There might even be enough liquid from the fruits that you do not need to add water. People could also use soy milk if they wanted. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on 2012-06-02 23:12:37
Name:Elyse
Location:Perth
Subject:Oatmeal for weight loss
I cook 1/2 cup of rolled oats with 1 & 1/2 cups of skimmed milk topped with some berries (blueberries, strawberry, rasberries, mullberries) with a slightly healthier version of golden syrup (organic agave nectar) in the microwave for breakfast every morning! I am trying to lose a little bit of weight 1 have gained in the typical problem areas... Am I doing anything wrong - will this recipe/technique assist my weight loss journey? Thanks in advance!!
Posted on 2012-06-07 11:00:57
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal for weight loss
Hi Elyse, thanks for your question. Both the low fat milk and agave nectar are high calorie foods which will not help you lose weight. The oatmeal and the fruits are both low in calories and are fine. On the other hand, weight loss is also about self-management. You need to eat meals which satisfy you enough so you do not binge later. You can try adding some nuts to your oatmeal. Even though they are high in fat and calories, they can help you to feel full for longer. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-06-07 22:13:57
Name:Reena
Location:Mauritius
Subject:Oatmeal and Acne
Hiya, Today is the first time I had oats as breakfast. I made it with water. In fact what I wanted to say is that I never had a good balanced diet and now I am having an acne problem, so are oats a good thing for breakfast?
Posted on 2012-06-19 02:12:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal and Acne
Hi Reena, thanks for your question. Oatmeal is low in sugar and high in fiber. This combination does make it good for reducing acne. You want to be sure you do not add sugar, and avoid sugar rich foods which can make acne worse. Hope that helps, and keep eating healthy!
Posted on 2012-06-19 10:52:02
Name:KC
Location:Chattanooga, TN
Subject:Steeped not Cooked
A lot of people donít like oatmeal because of the mushy texture. Others donít like the time it takes or having to clean a pot. I always steep my oatmeal. I put the dry oatmeal in the bowl Iíll be eating in, throw in some nuts, berries, cinnamon, and and stevia packet (Iím a Type 2 diabetic) . Boil water in your kettle or microwave and add steaming hot water to the bowl. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. The oatmeal is soft to eat but has a nice chew, the nuts soften, berries release flavor as does the cinnamon and itís not mushy. I do this at work or home and no more mush or scorched pans.
Posted on 2012-06-26 10:53:57
Name:J. Richens
Location:Utah
Subject:Oatmeal Types
Will you please explain the difference and health benefit of each: Steel cut oats, rolled oats, and quick oats. I have been eating quick oats for over a year. I was wondering if steel cut oats are any healthier.
Posted on 2012-08-19 01:08:39
Name:Loie
Location:Maine
Subject:Oatmeal Sweetener
We've had steel-cut oats for breakfast for years, cooking it in water. In each bowl, we add about 3/4 C. lowfat Greek yogurt, a few almonds, sliced banana, and a few blueberries or strawberries. My questions: Could we substitute low-fat, (35 calorie per cup) Almond Milk for the water? And is a tablespoon of honey from our home-raised bees as bad as sugar?
Posted on 2012-08-26 10:27:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal Sweetner
Hi Loie, thanks for your questions. Honey is 82% sugar, and so is not as bad as pure sugar. Honey may also have other nutrients which convey benefits. You can certainly substitute the almond milk for water, let us know how it turns out!
Posted on 2012-08-26 13:04:13
Name:Knitty Twit
Location:Washington
Subject:I make mine...
I made a large batch this morning. Here is my recipe: 3 cups rolled oats, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups water, 1 cup dehydrated apples broken up, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup of blueberries, tbsp coconut oil, and 1 tbsp molasses. Family adds sweetener to taste.
Posted on 2012-09-09 12:20:52
Name:Zena
Location:Australia
Subject:Gain weight
Hey there, just wondering what type of oats best help me gain weight? Thank you
Posted on 2012-09-24 10:22:45
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gain weight
Hi Zena, thanks for your question. Instant oats would be the best. They do not have as much fiber, and will not fill you up as fast, so you can eat a bigger portion. Adding milk, nuts, dry fruit, or other high calorie foods to your oats will also help.
Posted on 2012-09-24 13:10:02
Name:Michele
Location:Georgia
Subject:Whole vs Instant Oats
For any Edgar Cayce fans out there, here is a quote from his reading 3326-1 indicating his preference in oats. ď[Take] oatmeal that is cooked a long time, not the oats cooked only a few minutesóthat isnít very good for anyone. These are much better if they are of the whole grain and not rolled or so treated chemically as to cause them to cook easily.Ē
Posted on 2012-11-10 17:12:41
Name:Lynda
Location:Santa Cruz, CA
Subject:Cholesterol
When I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, my dietitian said the cholesterol levels in foods were far less relevant that the percentage of calories from fat. Keep the fat calories below 30%, don't overdo the cholesterol foods and those levels will not affect you.

My high cholesterol levels are genetic - diet appears to have no effect on them, even when I exclude all cholesterol-containing foods and stick to the 30% fat calorie rule. I still love oatmeal, though. :)

Posted on 2012-12-01 05:28:07
Name:Larry
Location:Lagos, Nigeria
Subject:Just Concluded To Try It!
Hi Healthaliciousness, I sincerely enjoy your oatmeal informative recipes which made me concluded that I will try it. However, having read your lovely ways of preparing it and satisfied. I still get confused as to series of ways all the writers here prepared theirs but one writer's attracted me when he mention banana and molasses in addition. How best can I mix the banana and the molasses with your normal preparation since the two aforesaid was not included in your recipe? Kindly let me also know what I can as well add to it if need be? Thank you!
Posted on 2012-12-01 11:47:53
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Just Concluded To Try It!
Hi Larry, thanks for your question and kind comments. Adding banans and molasses to oatmeal should be done after the oatmeal is cooked. Take the oatmeal from the pot and serve it in a bowl or plate. Once there, you can add bananas or molasses to the oatmeal. You can also try adding various toppings like nuts, dried fruits, or even dark chocolate! Hope that answers your questions, come back and share your favorite combination here!
Posted on 2012-12-01 21:09:44
Name:Robin
Location:Duluth, USA
Subject:Irish Steelcut Oatmeal Recipe
I couldn't stand normal rolled oats oatmeal as it seems-to me-slimy and gluey. Then I saw John McCannn's Irish steelcut oatmeal that comes in a metal can painted white. Yes it takes about 20-30 minutes to make but it is the food of the gods the way I have started making it. I doubt that oatmeal could be considered a diet food by anyone although it really does-at least this Irish one-stick to your ribs and keep you "full" for a long, long time. When weight builders want to add heft they eat a lot of oats to build their muscles (if not weight-lifting it would build fat I'm pretty sure). Anyway here's my recipe for food of the gods; One hefty serving; put 2 cups of almond milk into saucepan on high heat. Have 1/2 cup of McCann's steelcut oats nearby. Pay attention to the process in the beginning.Give the almond milk a stir now and again and heat to a low boil.While whisking the milk pour the oats in and give it a good stir.Turn the heat down to medium and give it a stir- put your timer on for 20 minutes.When the milk-oat combo seems thicker a bit turn heat down so that it retains a very slight simmer. Stir it occasionally to keep it from sticking. At the end of the 20 minutes try a little bit to see if you like the texture of the oats.At 20 minutes the oats usually have a chewy texture which I like. More time and a few more stirs and it gets softer and less chewy.When it as you like it take it off the stove, put it into a bowl with a spatula(it's sticky),sprinkle it lightly with salt,a dollop of butter, and a tablespoon of xylitol (an alternative for sugar that diabetics can eat, has fewer calories, tastes just like sugar and is good for your teeth as an added bonus!)Wow is it good and after you eat it you won't be hungrey again for a long,long, long time.Look xylitol up online to see what you think.My husband's a diabetic and eats xylitol all the time for years and is fine. You can buy it at healthfood paces, whole foods stores and onine-just type in buy xylitol and you'll find lots of places that sell it.I actually find my sweet tastebuds can't take alot of sweetness any more and find I have reduced the amount of xylitol by quite a bit in all receipes.
Posted on 2012-12-13 14:31:37
Name:Tom
Location:Wayzata, MN
Subject:Oatmeal Options
I soak my thick cut/rolled oatmeal overnight (1 cup oats, 1 1/2 cups water). In the morning I throw about 1/4th cup or so of raw cranberries (or 5 or so peach slices) into the mixture and heat to simmering. I stir a few times and after about 3 minutes turn off heat and cover. Five minutes later it is perfect. I eat it most often without adding any milk... if I add milk, it is skim.
Posted on 2012-12-15 09:00:13
Name:Sonali
Location:India
Subject:Oat Meals
I prepare oat meals with water and add jaggery to it. Sometimes add milk also. It is good for kids of 5-6 yrs, as jaggery provides good iron.
Posted on 2012-12-18 07:04:03
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oat Meals
Hi Sonali, thanks for your question. Adding jaggery is an interesting idea. However jaggery, a type of refined sugar, is made in a variety of ways and nutrient content can differ widely. Some jaggery is similar to brown sugar with little nutrition content, while other types can provide nutrients like iron. Check the nutrition label of the jaggery you are using to be sure.
Posted on 2012-12-18 08:49:33
Name:Nitin
Location:India
Subject:Rolled oats for Dinner
Hi Healthaliciousness,
Your article on oatmeals and the prompt replies are very informative. Thanks for that. I have a query regarding having oatmeals in the night as a substitute for dinner, is it ok to have oatmeals in the night with Almonds and skimmed milk, considering I am trying to lose weight?
Posted on 2013-01-04 08:54:15
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Rolled oats for Dinner
Hi Nitin, thanks for your question. Weight loss is a lot about works for you. Almonds and milk are high calorie foods which you should avoid, however, they can help you feel full for longer, keeping you from eating a lot of food in the morning. Your recipe should be fine, just don't add too many almonds. You can also try adding oat bran, which is low in calories, high in fiber, and can help you feel full for longer.
Posted on 2013-01-04 13:49:00
Name:Patrick Kahangire
Location:Kampala
Subject:Oats for diabetics
Which Oats brands have no sugar and what is the best way to prepare them?
Posted on 2013-01-15 04:27:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats for diabetics
Hi Patrick, thanks for your question. Different brands have different products. Almost all brands will make a "regular" oatmeal that is just plain oats. Check the ingredient label for sugar, and avoid products that list sugar as an ingredient. Further natural oats should not have more than 1g of sugar on the nutrient label. Oatmeal is high in carbohydrates, so be careful not to eat too much. You are best to prepare the oatmeal by adding oat bran. This will increase the fiber content and hopefully reduce the amount of carbohydrates per serving. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-01-15 13:56:50
Name:Christie
Location:Asheville, NC
Subject:Grade B maple syrup on oatmeal
I've heard that grade B maple syrup is full of nutrients and I love it on oatmeal. What is your opinion of its food value?
Posted on 2013-01-26 19:25:56
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Grade B maple syrup on oatmeal
Hi Christie, thanks for your question. Maple syrup is high in certain minerals, particularly manganese. However, if you look at the nutrition facts comparison between maple syrup, sorghum syrup, and molasses it would appear that both sorghum syrup and molasses have a higher nutrient density, with molasses being the most nutritious. So while maple syrup is fine, consider trying molasses or sorghum syrup as well.
Posted on 2013-01-26 19:31:04
Name:Susan Lewis
Location:Coventry
Subject:How I like my oats
I make a batch up in the microwave to last 4 or 5 days. It's nice not to have a sticky dish to wash every day. I store in my fridge and heat up as required for 1 minute. I prefer the texture to be more set than sticky. I have it with plain low fat yogurt and a good teaspoon of cranberry sauce.
Posted on 2013-01-29 18:26:59
Name:Lili Mamo
Location:Weston, FL
Subject:Oatmeal in microwave recipe
Let's face it, every morning is a rush! So I cook my regular oats in the microwave, following the same amounts listed in the above recipe, but ready in just a couple a minutes (depends on microwave), without having to wait nor to clean up the pot. Also, I pop in cinnamon and raisins, or bananas (it'll taste kinda like banana bread :), any natural fruit I have in hand, yogurt, a little bit of a boxed cereal, nuts, or whatever I feel like, but no sugar, though, just natural stuff, and I have a bowl of no-boring-get-me-tired-of-eating-this-gooey-stuff-every-morning of healthy oatmeal. Try it!
Posted on 2013-02-05 12:11:00
Name:Dan Browne
Location:Prairie Grove, Illinois
Subject:Sweeteners for Oatmeal
Just found out my LDL cholesterol is high and have been eating rolled outs for breakfast. Sugar seems to raise cholesterol, so what's the best way to sweeten up the oatmeal without raising my cholesterol? I've tried agave nectar, (have heard that's not a great choice) raisins, blueberries. It's just not nearly as sweet as I like it, but I don't want to offset the benefits by adding sugar.
Posted on 2013-03-19 17:12:35
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sweeteners for Oatmeal
Hi Dan, thanks for your question. Fresh fruits like blueberries are a great sweetener. You can also try bananas and apricots. Further, adding unsweetened soy milk might add a different taste. To a large extent it is best if you can just adjust your taste to eating oatmeal less sweet. It may take a month, but stick to it and you will be rewarded with better health!
Posted on 2013-03-19 23:22:59
Name:Naomi
Location:Tonga
Subject:Yummy Oatmeals
Please I want to ask one thing, because the only thing I have here in Tonga is roll oats. The question is that do I use the same recipe for rolled oats as for oatmeal?
Posted on 2013-03-19 23:27:19
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Yummy Oatmeals
Hi Naomi, thanks for your question. You can use the same recipe. Basically oatmeal and rolled oats are the same thing. Oatmeal is what you get after you cook rolled oats. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-03-19 23:30:03
Name:James R.
Location:Pacific Palisades
Subject:My Oatmeal Recipe with Milk
I've found that perhaps adding about a 1 to 1 ratio of milk and water when preparing oatmeal makes the oatmeal thicker when making a large batch and storing it for use in the refrigerator.

My recipe consists currently of water, oatmeal, walnut pieces, and a 3 berrie mix from the frozen food section of Costco.

Water or water/milk=3 qts
Oatmeal=1 qt
Berries=2 cups
Walnut pieces=2 cups
Maple syrup, honey, brown sugar or molasses=1 cup, your choice

Posted on 2013-03-22 08:49:20
Name:Reem
Location:Abu Dhabi
Subject:Whole Milk in Oatmeal
Thanks for the great post and regular replies to responses - it is extremely useful. I've been advised that I need to switch to full fat milk due to fertility issues. I was concerned due to your comments about it being a high calorie food. I guess I just have to do it as it is recommended by the Dr whilst trying to conceive? I was planning on making oatmeal made with full fat milk a regular part of my diet. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Posted on 2013-03-31 08:35:42
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Whole Milk in Oatmeal
Hi Reem, thanks for your question. If you are trying to lose weight, then skim milk is preferred over whole milk. However, if you are trying to conceive then you can try whole milk for a while and switch to skim later. Not sure if whole milk will help you conceive but you can try it. You could exercise more each day to compensate for the added calories in whole milk. Hope those thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-03-31 08:35:42
Name:New To Oatmeal
Location:Europe
Subject:Can one eat uncooked oats?
Hello. Looking for a healthy breakfast option I turned to oatmeal for the first time in my life. The first week I ate it I got terrible stomach pains and the runs. I was using regular oatmeal that I did not cook on a stove, I just microwaved it. I then turned to instant microwaved oatmeal to test my reaction, and it was fine. I am now going to try returning to regular oatmeal, since I do not want the sugars added to the instant packages, but to cook it on the stove this time. I am guessing that eating not fully cooked oats caused my stomach problems. Can you please explain to me what happens in the cooking process that makes oats digestible? Do all people react to uncooked oats? Also, do you need to soak oats before cooking them? Thank you so much for your time.
Posted on 2013-04-08 04:55:00
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Can one eat uncooked oats?
Hello and thanks for your questions. It is possible to eat raw uncooked oats in small quantities (1/4 cup or less). However, you probably want to have them with fruit salad, or yogurt, or some other liquid. If you don't, then the oats will cook in your stomach and expand. This is likely what caused your stomach pain, and why cooking oats first is better. Oats can also be eaten toasted, as in Muesli or Granola. You may prefer oats in this form. You do not need to soak oats before cooking them, though some people do this, it is up to you. Keep on going with eating healthier, it may take time for your stomach to adjust to healthier foods but you will get there!
Posted on 2013-04-09 04:39:43
Name:New To Oats
Location:Europe
Subject:Thank you!
Thank you so much for your answer.

I have started my whole family on oats for breakfast. I cook one pot, take some out for my husband, who likes his only with salt, which is surprisingly rather tasty, although not my preference. I then add apples and cinnamon to the remaining oatmeal, and then take out my portion. For the kids I add honey, otherwise they would not eat it. I will see if with time I can not switch the honey to some healthier options you mentioned about. Doing it this way everyone gets their tastes met, and only cook once.

I find it less expensive and much healthier then the commercial cereals that we were eating previously. We are a large family so I need to budget my groceries. My oldest has reported that she is not starving at school before lunch and can concentrate better. For my husband and myself it is helping us with our weight loss for the same reason, we do not feel hungry till lunch.

Now I will go try out some of the recipe versions mentioned above!

Posted on 2013-04-09 05:28:15
Name:C.Rod.
Location:Malta
Subject:My raw oats recipe
1 cup Quaker oats -1 cup water -1 chopped fresh orange -1 and or fresh chopped grapefrit -fresh chopped apple -half cup pumpkin seed -half cup almonds chopped. Let all soak without any cooking. Could you please explain the benefits or any great bad implications. Wish to keep weight stable. Thanks.
Posted on 2013-04-18 00:32:42
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: My raw oats recipe
Hi C Rod, thanks for sharing your recipe. It sounds very healthy. The only potential drawback is that both the pumpkin seeds and almonds are high in calories. However, they are a very healthy food that can help you feel full. As long as this recipe keeps you feeling full till your next meal, then it should be fine for weight maintenance.
Posted on 2013-04-21 04:00:16
Name:Marilyn F
Location:Canada
Subject:Oatbran verses oatmeal
Thanks for this great site.I have terrible thigh cramps and am obese,so I am really giving it a concerted effort to lose weight. I have been having the package flavored oatmeal and after research am thinking to change to 3/4 cup of oatbran for the potassium. I notice you often say to add a couple of tbls to regular oatmeal, is there a reason for not fully oatbran? Thank you so much.
Posted on 2013-05-13 05:22:30
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatbran verses oatmeal
Hi Marilyn, thanks for your question. Eating only oatbran would almost certainly be best for weight loss as well as potassium. The main problems are that oatbran alone is not very palatable, and further, can act as a laxative.
Posted on 2013-05-16 00:45:10
Name:Desi
Location:St. Paul, Minnesota
Subject:Steel cut oats in a crock pot
I make my steel cut oats in the crock pot overnight so they are ready when we get up. In crock pot on LOW put 4 cups water, 1 cup steel cut oats. Then add whatever you want. I add 2 tsps cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins. Chopped pears are also great. They sweeten the oats nicely (more so than apples). Cook on LOW overnight. I get up earlier than my husband, so I have mine, then turn the crock pot to "keep warm" setting. When he gets up a couple hours later it's still hot, but not cooking more.
Posted on 2013-05-18 08:38:33
Name:Kathereen
Location:Malaysia
Subject:Instant and Quickcook Oatmeal Vs. Regular
Hi, I am mixing 4scoops of instant oatmeal and 2 scoops of almond powder in 200ml boiling water as breakfast daily. Is the nutrition value enough for instant oatmeal instead of cooked rolled oatmeal? Can I know what is the difference between instant oatmeal and quick-cook oatmeal? Did they serve the same nutritional value?
Posted on 2013-06-04 07:55:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Instant and Quickcook Oatmeal Vs. Regular
Hi Kathereen, thanks for your question. Usually instant oatmeal is fortified and so has as many nutrients as regular oatmeal, however, these nutrients are not always natural. Also, instant oatmeal can have less fiber than regular, you can make up for this by adding bran to your mix, though the almond powder likely adds fiber. Here is the complete nutrition facts comparison of regular oatmeal vs instant.
Posted on 2013-06-04 15:37:12
Name:Joanne
Location:Idaho
Subject:My Multi-Grain Oatmeal Recipe
When I was young, my mother fixed oatmeal 3-4 times per week. We called it "mush" and it was very mushy! (Yuck) When I married and started my own home I fell in love with old fashioned oats. Now I mix up a big bag of oatmeal, quinoa, almonds, walnuts, raisins (homemade), cranberries, flax seed and cinnamon and then put it in the freezer. Each morning I put about 3/4 to 1 cup of my "mixture" in water and cook. Then I top it with fresh cut up apple or blueberries or strawberries or some "in season" fresh fruit (fresh peaches or pears are great), then put a couple spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt on the top. It makes for a great breakfast! Lots of nutrition, tastes great and easy to fix. I consume most of my day's calories for breakfast and smaller meals during the day, so this meal fits right in.
Posted on 2013-06-05 01:49:43
Name:Grace Chan
Location:Singapore
Subject:Cooking Oatmeal the Chinese Way
I like eating oatmeal, unfortunately, I dislike anything sweet. I tried cooking oatmeal as I would cook Chinese congee. I just substitute rice with oatmeal and add minced meat or fish to it. It taste quite good. By adding minced meat, would it reduce the effect of oatmeal in reducing cholesterol?
Posted on 2013-06-28 04:03:36
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Cooking Oatmeal the Chinese Way
Hi Grace, thanks for sharing your recipe and for your question. It is difficult to say how much adding mince meat would affect the cholesterol lowering properties of oatmeal. It would depend on how much fat the meat contains, and it would be best to avoid mince meat if you are trying to lower your cholesterol. While fish is also high in cholesterol, it is a heart healthy food, so you can keep adding it. Consider also adding salted nuts, or pickles. Hope those thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-06-28 23:13:53
Name:Ro
Location:Melbourne, Australia
Subject:Oats, Keffir & Cholesterol
Hi, I was reading your great posts here. I have high cholesterol which I am gradually lowering. I eat about a third cup of oats mixed with a few tablespoons of keffir (which is like a really high probiotic yogurtish substance I make using low fat milk). When making the keffir, I know the keffir grains (as they're called) eat the lactose out of the milk and you're left with a fermented yogurtish curd with thousands of probiotics in it. My question is, would this have cholesterol in it? I Would really appreciate any help you can give me on this! Thank you.
Posted on 2013-07-12 16:25:38
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats, Keffir & Cholesterol
Hi Ro, thanks for your comments and question. The keffir would have some cholesterol from the low fat milk. To avoid any cholesterol get skim milk, or 0% fat milk.
Posted on 2013-07-15 10:18:40
Name:Aref
Location:Abu Dhabi
Subject:boiling oats with sliced zucchini+ rosemary
I tried boiling oats with sliced zucchini, rosemary, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Pretty good taste! I wonder if high cholesterol and high uric acid are correlated? I am starting to get both, and am struggling with finding the right diet- especially that I also have hiatal hernia and thus cannot eat acidic food...
Posted on 2013-08-06 06:17:09
Name:Mike
Location:Canada
Subject:Oatmeal history
As a young boy I remember oatmeal for breakfast and loved it better then bacon and eggs.
As I grew older and went out on my own I bought the Quaker oats brand steel cut.
Flash forward to today going past the "New and Improved" labels on everything I saw one day the oatmeal had also changed. Cooking time had changed and steel cut disappeared. I went to another brand that were steel cut but the flavour and consistency had changed and amount balance went to 1 cup oats and 1 cup water before I started enjoying it again. Mostly I liked it with brown sugar but I used just a sprinkle of sugar and a little 2% milk. The question I am asking is has anyone else noticed the changes the food industry has made and what they think of Monsanto seed that has pesticides grown into the seed?
I don't think we are eating food like we used to and that is why people are getting sicker all the time, and Drs put them on pills which are another chemical we never understand not being Drs ourselves, and I never was taught Latin or Greek and "trust me" seems a bit shady.
Posted on 2013-09-21 21:00:07
Name:Cab
Location:USA
Subject:Time to see a difference
Hubby has been told his cholesterol is high and I've been able to sometimes get him to eat oatmeal. Maybe with the nuts, as he likes them, I can get him to eat a bowl every day...just wonder if it will show a difference in his readings in 3 months when he goes back. Yes, we are doing a total food change, which is making me more happy than him. He's not a happy camper. Also, would making a healthier version of maybe oatmeal muffins, be just as good for him?
Posted on 2013-09-22 12:04:20
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Time to see a difference
Hi Cab, glad to hear of all the positive changes. Oatmeal should definitely help. Oatmeal muffins however, are a different story. They typically contain either butter or vegetable oil. Neither are particularly good for cholesterol. Further, they tend to be high in sugar, which also hurts a healthy cholesterol lowering diet. You could try get creative, but your best bet is to stick to the oatmeal. Even healthy food can be addictive after a while.
Posted on 2013-09-23 04:34:47
Name:ESP
Location:Virginia
Subject:Raw uncooked oatmeal shake/smoothie
I make a shake for breakfast by blending oats, skim milk, banana (1/2), walnuts, blue berries, one date, flax seeds, crasins, cinnamon powder, whey powder. Does this seem like a healthy breakfast drink?
Posted on 2013-09-23 20:22:21
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Raw uncooked oatmeal shake/smoothie
Hi ESP, thanks for sharing your recipe. It sounds very healthy. You may not need to add the whey powder since the nuts and flax seeds already contain a fair amount of protein. Just depends on your protein goals or diet.
Posted on 2013-09-23 20:47:54
Name:Alexandra Lang
Location:California
Subject:I love this idea
Iím curious about the powdered whey. Is this the whey I get at the nutrition store or is it different? Where would I find powdered whey that you use for this recipe? Thank you. I love this idea!
Posted on 2013-09-23 21:14:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: I love this idea (What kind of whey?)
Hi Alexandra, thanks for your question. It might be a while till the original poster replies. You could probably use nutrition store whey, Amazon also sells a more natural whey from Bob's Red Mill which could work. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-09-23 22:14:35
Name:Valerie
Location:Arizona
Subject:Does eating oatmeal always mean lowering cholesterol?
I love having oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins and sometimes make my meatloaf with oatmeal. Am I sabotaging myself in to thinking I am helping to lower my cholesterol?
Posted on 2013-10-13 02:19:37
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Does eating oatmeal always mean lowering cholesterol?
Hi Valerie, thanks for your questions and comments. Adding oatmeal to these recipes might make them more healthful, but you are right to think that oatmeal with brown sugar, or oatmeal with minced beef are not cholesterol lowering foods. Try plain oatmeal with bran and/or unsweetened almond milk. Or add almonds. There is perhaps nothing that can make meatloaf cholesterol lowering, unless it is really lean beef, or lean ground turkey/chicken etc...Then mixing in the oatmeal with lean meats might work to lower cholesterol...
Posted on 2013-10-13 15:35:42
Name:Yanadisetty
Location:India
Subject:Combination of honey with oats
Sir, I am a beginner of quaker oats eater. I am taking one cup of cooked oats with the combination of fresh moongdal sprouts (mung bean), pista dry fruits (pistachios), small quantity of cashew nuts, honey, corn etc. Is is recommendable to take them with oats?
Posted on 2013-10-25 23:23:32
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Combination of honey with oats
Hi Yanadisetty, thanks for sharing your recipe. What are your goals with eating oatmeal, is it for weight gain or weight loss? Are you looking to lower cholesterol?

If you are looking to lose weight then leave out the nuts and honey, to lower cholesterol, leave out the honey, and if you want to gain weight, add more nuts and honey. In balance, it seems you have created a very healthy recipe!

Posted on 2013-10-26 02:35:50
Name:Betsy
Location:North Carolina
Subject:Bananas, blood sugar, and oatmeal
Hi, I love oatmeal (I have switched from instant to regular Quaker oats). I like it with flax seed, walnuts, and cinnamon (no sweeteners). I used to add a banana but I'm trying to stay with fruits low on the glycemic index. I am not diabetic but my mother was. Am I right to forgo bananas? I love them.
Posted on 2013-11-02 13:12:39
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Bananas, blood sugar, and oatmeal
Hi Betsy, having a banana in your oatmeal is fine. Eating the banana with other foods like the flax seeds and walnuts will help reduce its glycemic load. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-11-03 05:22:34
Name:Barney
Location:Texas
Subject:Oatmeal Preparation with a Microwave
I cook 1/4 cup old fashion oats with 3/4 cup of water in the microwave at full power for 90 seconds. Let set for a few minutes, add cinnamon and cook 30 seconds on high. I then add frozen blueberries, cover and refrigerate. Next morning I microwave on high for 100 seconds, add walnuts, a packet of Stevia, and maybe a teaspoon of honey. That is a good sized serving for me.
Posted on 2013-11-09 01:00:24
Name:Anon
Location:North Carolina
Subject:Keeping oatmeal from being sticky?
Would a tablespoon of salt help to keep the oatmeal from sticking?
Posted on 2013-11-12 05:08:59
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Keeping oatmeal from being sticky?
Hi and thanks for your question. Salt would not really help with stickiness. Try boiling the water before adding the oatmeal and then turning the heat down. Further, you can add a bit (1 Tablespoon) of uncooked oatmeal at the end for a more crunchy texture. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-11-12 18:23:04
Name:Keith
Location:Japan
Subject:Oatmeal with onion and/or garlic
I love oatmeal with onion and or garlic. Is this a good mix for me? I am trying to lose weight...What would be a good breakfast? I don't use milk, just water.
Posted on 2013-11-25 22:30:57
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oatmeal with onion and/or garlic
Hi Keith, thanks for your question. Oatmeal with onion and garlic is great for weight loss if you like the taste. Keep using water to save on calories. One issue is being able to feel full. You might try adding some nuts if you don't feel full for very long. Otherwise, your recipe is great.
Posted on 2013-11-27 15:01:42
Name:Ashwin
Location:Chennai
Subject:How to prepare Rice for lunch out of Oats?
I would love to take oats instead of rice for lunch. Can you please tell me the procedure to prepare it and should pinch of salt to be added while boiling it?? Will the oat rice go good with gravies? I want to loose weight please provide me suggestions regarding oats. Thanks in advance.
Posted on 2014-01-17 02:37:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How to prepare Rice for lunch out of Oats?
Hi Ashwin, thanks for your question. You can add salt to oats and try to eat it in a savory sense, but it is not common. If you are looking to lose weight, brown rice could be just as effective, and the best way to lose weight is to reduce your portion to 3/4 to a 1/2 serving of rice. Then, increase your vegetables so you don't feel too hungry. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2014-01-17 02:41:29
Name:John F Lynch
Location:United States
Subject:Toasted Oats
I find toasting rolled oats is fine and even toasted steel cut oats is great to eat, adding in almond milk, berries, some cinnamon, and a dollop of yogurt. I'm just wondering if the steel cut oats might be too harsh for teeth - will it hurt what is left of the enamel? I've been alternating rolled and steel cut for two months.
Posted on 2014-02-06 06:27:18
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Toasted Oats
Hi John, thanks for sharing your experience and for your question. Toasting rolled oats is a great idea and probably puts it close to granola. As for toasted steel cut oats, it does sound hard on your teeth. If it doesn't hurt the enamel, it will likely get stuck in between your teeth encouraging bacteria and cavities. You are best to stick to rolled oats if that works for you.
Posted on 2014-02-06 20:54:29
Name:John F Lynch
Location:United States
Subject:RE: Toasted Oats
I noticed this morning that letting them 'cook' a couple minutes after toasting seemed to work better -- just happened by accident but think that is the way I'll go forward. I will monitor it though, but they seem more like grape nuts that way - going from memory on that one.
Posted on 2014-02-07 00:39:31
Name:Joe N
Location:Portage, IN
Subject:Evaporated milk in oatmeal
I've enjoyed oatmeal since I was a kid, and I sometimes cook it the way my mom did, with canned fat free evaporated milk. Are there any health benefits/drawbacks to this?
Posted on 2014-03-04 12:22:47
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Evaporated milk in oatmeal
Hi Joe, thanks for your question. Evaporated milk is typically very sweet and so this would be the main drawback. 1/2 a cup (8 tablespoons) contains 14.5 grams of sugar. That said, the same half cup of condensed milk also provides 37% DV for calcium, 12% DV Potassium, and 25% DV phosphorus. If you are not overweight, and fine with the extra sugar/calories, condensed milk could be a good way to get extra nutrients in your diet. That said, oatmeal is already very rich in carbs, and adding the condensed milk only makes the glycemic (carb) load worse. Almonds would be a better choice for nutrients while regulating carbs, though condensed milk likely tastes better. Hope that helps provide some insight. Here are the complete nutrition facts for non-fat condensed milk.
Posted on 2014-03-05 19:21:34
Name:Dennis Elston
Location:Michigan
Subject:Oatmeal and V-8
From thought:~) added "Low-Sodium" V-8 to Dry shredded oats, cooked in Microwave, & didn't need to add anything: milk, salt, sugar...And it tastes wonderfully good, & the lycopene & fiber is an added benefit.
Posted on 2014-03-21 23:30:49

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