Through the Ages, Oatmeal Porridge Proves it’s Worth

Photo-OatmealGrandma was right when she said, “eat yer oats” (with a nostalgic Scottish trill). Oatmeal is an age-old breakfast staple that for centuries has helped people feel full and satisfied all morning long…and for a long time that’s all people needed to know. Eat oatmeal for breakfast and you’ll be fine ‘till lunch but food research over the past 50 years has provided us with a big bowl full of reasons to support granny’s old adage. Oatmeal may lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease because the soluble fibre in oats lowers LDL (the bad cholesterol) while maintaining levels of HDL (the good cholesterol). Oatmeal can help you control your weight because oatmeal sucks up water, which bulks up the grain. Water-logged oats help you feel full faster and longer. Recent studies suggest that oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and may help reduce high blood pressure. Grandma may not have known all of this but she did know that oatmeal is an inexpensive, practical and delicious way to start your day. Here’s my family’s favorite way to eat oatmeal, the most requested breakfast in our house:

Old Fashioned Creamy Oatmeal Porridge- serves 2

1 c. rolled oats
2 c. water
1/4 raisins
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 Tbsp butter
1 egg

Bring water, raisins and oats to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to avoid sticking. When water is absorbed, add maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and butter and stir everything together. In a separate bowl mix up one egg. Continue to stir the egg while adding, one spoon full at a time, the hot oatmeal. This way you temper the egg by gradually bringing it up in temperature. Be patient. If you add the oats too quickly you’ll end up with chunks of cooked egg- yuck. Patience is key. Continue to stir the egg and add the oats until everything is well blended. If you’ve done this correctly the result will be a beautiful, creamy porridge that will have your family smiling with smug satisfaction- their bellies full of age-old goodness.

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