During the time of year when cold weather is approaching, oatmeal presents itself as a super comfort food. An affordable healthy staple food, oatmeal is celebrated all year around, but specifically on National Oatmeal Day!
History of National Oatmeal Day
Cultivated in Ancient China as far back as 7000 BC, oats have been a solid option for food in many cultures for several thousand years. Since then, making their way through the Ancient Greeks, Europeans and North America, oats have been beloved as a simple way to make a nutritious hot meal.
Oatmeal has become a basic staple for many people all over the world. In fact, one study shows more than 80% of households in the United States are said to keep oats on hand as a staple food in their pantry.
And the most popular way to eat oats? As a hot, porridge-style breakfast food, of course. The second most popular is using oats to make delicious and nutritious oatmeal cookies.
Celebrate one of the world’s most accessible and versatile foods on National Oatmeal Day!
How to Celebrate National Oatmeal Day
Consider implementing some of these ideas for celebrating National Oatmeal Day:
Enjoy a Delicious Bowl of Oatmeal
Of course, the best way to begin the celebration of National Oatmeal Day is to dig deep into a big bowl of steaming hot oatmeal porridge. As part of a super nutritious breakfast, oatmeal is a healthy way to start the day. Plus, oatmeal makes a great palette upon which to build a variety of tastes and flavors so it never has to be bland or boring!
Get Creative With Oatmeal
Forget just a bland, beige bowl of oatmeal. Spice things up and take it to the next level by choosing from a variety of toppings and themes that can work together to take a bowl of oatmeal from “meh” to “wow”!
In honor of National Oatmeal Day, try out some of these healthy and tasty toppings for that morning bowl of oatmeal:
- Raspberry Chia Jam Oatmeal. Chia seeds offer health benefits like antioxidants, fiber and minerals, toss some on top of a bowl of oatmeal along with raspberry jam, coconut flakes, almond slices, and a splash of extra milk or cream.
- Coffee, Walnuts and Dates Oatmeal. When making the oatmeal, replace some of the liquid with a bit of coffee to steep in that coffee flavor. Then top with toasted walnuts, banana slices and chopped dates.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter. Breakfast turns into something like dessert! Stir some cocoa powder or cacao nibs into the oatmeal with some spoonfuls of peanut butter for a tasty treat at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
Learn About Oatmeal Health Benefits
Many people don’t realize that oatmeal offers a significant number of benefits to their health. National Oatmeal Day is a great time to consider the way oatmeal can be good for you. This includes the ability to lower bad cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels, and may even help people to lose weight.