Friday, March 30, 2012

Crockpot Apple Overnight Creamy Oatmeal for Breakfast

Oatmeal contains a special strand of fiber called beta-glucan that many studies have shown  to reduce levels of bad cholesterol—and as high cholesterol is a major risk factor associated with heart disease and strokes.  A daily bowl of oatmeal could be a life saver and cinnamon is another addition to lowering cholesterol so here's a bonus in this recipe! A daily dose of three grams of fiber, the amount found in one bowl of oatmeal, can lower cholesterol by up to 23 percent and reduce the risk of heat disease by almost half. If you have read many of my articles on apples, studies also show eating two raw apples a day could also lower cholesterol, it's number one on the top healthiest foods!

Apple Overnight Creamy Oatmeal

2 cups low-fat 1% milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon  any heart smart margarine, promise or made with canola oil margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


After it's cooked add 1/2 cup 1% milk


Pour everything but the 1/2 cup of 1 % milk into a crockpot. Cook on low overnight, up to 6 or 6 1/2 hours, stir in rest of the milk just before serving.


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