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Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes to Commemorate National Oatmeal Month

National oatmeal month is in January, which is right when most people are trying to maintain a healthier diet. Eating oatmeal is a great way to start changing your dietary habits and those of the senior that you look after. Doctors say that eating oatmeal helps to keep blood sugar under control, reduce cholesterol and control high blood pressure. With so many positive benefits of eating oatmeal, it’s no wonder there’s a month dedicated to it. Below are a few easy and tasty recipes Albuquerque, NM, home care professionals recommend.

Masala Oatmeal

This recipe is perfect for a heart-healthy oatmeal dinner.

Ingredients

¼ teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium white onion
1 cup frozen peas and carrots mixture
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon garam masala
10 cups water
1 teaspoon salt 
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats

Instructions

1. Chop the onion very fine.
2. Put the oats in a skillet and cook them over medium heat until they are just starting to brown.
3. Heat oil in a skillet.
4. Add the fennel seed, garlic powder and onions. Cook until the onions become translucent.
5. Add the remaining ingredients except the oats and water. Cook until the carrots are tender.
6. Add the water and bring the mixture to a boil.
7. Add the oats and cook uncovered for three minutes stirring constantly.
8. Transfer to bowls and enjoy.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Start your loved one’s day off with some delicious peanut butter oatmeal. 

3 1/4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 cups rolled oats 
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey

Instructions

1. Place water and salt in a medium saucepan.
2. Bring water to a boil.
3. Stir in oats and cook for five minutes while stirring occasionally.
4. Remove mixture from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
5. Spoon into bowls and enjoy. 

A healthy diet of foods like oatmeal are essential for senior wellbeing. They help stave off conditions such as high blood pressure and prevent issues like heart attack and stroke. With help from Home Care Assistance, seniors get the help they need to maintain healthy diets to promote overall wellbeing. Call 505-798-0800 today to learn more about our specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia and post-stroke care in Albuquerque. Our specialized services are perfect for seniors with more specific needs.