Monday, March 12, 2012

Oatmeal and Blueberries

March is National Nutrition Month...a good time for us to take a look at the foods we eat.....the foods we don't eat....and the foods we should eat.

The health benefits of oatmeal are touted as significant, and all of us should be eating more of it.

  • Oatmeal.....lowers blood cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Promotes healthier metabolism
  • Normalizes blood pressure
  • Helps control weight.
We should also be eating more blueberries.
  • Blueberries.....boost the immune system and help prevent infections
  • Rank #1 in the world of anti-oxidants  
  • Promote urinary tract health
  • Help preserve good eyesight 
  • Heal damaged brain cells and keep sharper memory
  • Help prevent heart disease by dissolving the bad cholesterol
  • Help digestion
  • Fight against colon and liver cancer
  • Act as anti-depressants.  
Remember:  The deeper color of the Blueberries, the richer they are in anti-oxidants and other medicinal values.

Here is a recipe that I found online ( for Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies.  This just might be the answer to my prayer for a treat that will make me happy and healthy at the same time.

1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup non-hydrogenated (tub) canola oil spread
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  In bowl, beat the canola spread, oil, and brown sugar til creamy.  Then beat in the egg and vanilla.  Add the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt.  Stir until combined.  Add blueberries and stir until just blended.
3.  Drop large spoonsful of the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake  from 12-14 minutes, or until set around edges but still soft in the middle.
4.  Cool on a wire rack.

Looks like I'm going to the grocery store for some blueberries.