Get The Skinny On Oatmeal

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One of my very weird food cravings is old-fashioned oatmeal.  Who else but a dietitian would have such a healthy food craving.  Oatmeal is actually a comfort food for me; especially, on cold winter days.  It reminds me of childhood when my mother would make a bowl of oatmeal before school.  I would sit in front of the television watching Captain Kangaroo while eating my bowl of oatmeal.

In addition, I love the feel of the warm texture and flavor of oatmeal.  Again, I love, love, love the texture of oatmeal.  Furthermore, oatmeal is so easy and fast to prepare.  Place 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup water in a large mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes.  Then, I usually stir in skim milk and a touch of brown sugar  or honey.  Now, it is ready to eat.

What is oatmeal?  Oatmeal is ground oat groats.

What are the health benefits?  Oatmeal has a high soluble fiber content which helps lower cholesterol.  Oatmeal is also sodium free.

What is the difference between rolled oats and steel-cut oats?  

  • Rolled oats are oats that have been steamed and rolled flat.
  • Steel-cut oats are oats that have been sliced into small pieces.  They take much longer to cook and have a nutty robust flavor.
  • Instant oatmeal has added sugars and is high in sodium.

Read more on preparing a perfect bowl of oatmeal BestBowlofOatmealoatmeal in mug

Skinny Crockpot Italian Chicken

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Here’s another crockpot favorite recipe of mine!

What you need:

4-6 Chicken Breast
2 cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder)
1 can white beans
What to do:

Place chicken in crock pot. Mix all ingredients and pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours.  Serve over pasta if desired and add a salad to complete your meal.  Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Analysis:  250 calories, 2 gm fat, 34 gm pro, 24 gm carb, 5 gm fiber per serving.

Skinny Crockpot Mexican Chicken

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Crockpot cooking is great for putting together a great home cooked meal in a hurry.  I take full advantage of using the crockpot when I am crunched for time.  It’s easy and convenient.  Just throw all the ingredients in and and turn on the crockpot in the morning.  The meal  is ready when you return home for dinner.

This Mexican Chicken is one of my favorites.  You can serve with rice and a salad or some tortilla chips.

What you need:

4 Chicken Breast
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 small jar salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
What to do:
Place chicken in crock pot. Mix all ingredients and pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 6 hours, take lid off last 2 hours to thicken the sauce.  Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Analysis: 304 calories, 2g fat, 35g pro, 9g fiber per serving