Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Be Responsible

As conscientious citizens, I hope that you all voted today. I do not feel that voting is a priviledge, it is a responsibility. It is our duty to let our voices be heard through our votes. I don't want to debate party affiliations, stands on issues, or any of the other slippery slopes that arise through politics. I just want you to recognize that the health of our city, state, and national governments depends on our votes. Be responsible; vote.

In the food realm, the health of our bodies depends on a good breakfast. A responsible meal plan includes breakfast to properly fuel our bodies. While it may be easy to grab a doughnut or just a cup of coffee, it is best to start the day strong with the right fuel. Recent studies have promoted the high fiber choice of oatmeal not only as a filling and tasty breakfast option, but also a proven aid in reducing cholesterol. I have discovered a recipe that is as quick as those sugar-loaded packets and isn't as mushy by using old fashioned oats. A LARGE bowl is recommended and necessary as the mixture does tend to bubble up while cooking for just a few minutes in the microwave. Give it a try. Be responsible; eat breakfast.

Oatmeal in a Bowl

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 pinch salt
1 cup milk
1 cup vanilla-flavored soy milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup toasted, chopped almonds (optional)

Combine oats, milks and salt in LARGE microwavable bowl.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Let rest for two to four minutes.
Stir in cinnamon and brown sugar.
Dish into serving bowls.
Serve with almonds sprinkled on top. (Serves 2)

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