Oatmeal? Ick! Well, maybe…

I had a check-in with my family doc recently, and he tells me that my cholesterol is a little higher than he would like. My first internal reaction was Oh, God, I’m gonna die — that was a bit severe. His suggestions? No eggs, no cheese, no red meat, and yes daily oatmeal, fresh fruits, whole grains and fish. OK, well I usually eat mostly that way to begin with (though, admittedly, we had been eating out a LOT in recent months because I was burnt out on cooking).

The exceptions: oatmeal and fish. I really, really, really do not like oatmeal. It’s a big bowl of flavorless, uninteresting mush and I can’t even tolerate the texture — it’s just ick. Also, I cannot and will not give up all cheese, I’m going to stick with the low-fat and fat-free cheeses that I usually use at home anyway and I already only eat egg whites. The fish, well, I just can’t do it. No way, no how.

So, back to the oatmeal. I decided if I could find a more appetizing way to get that in there regularly it wouldn’t be so bad. Day one I made a batch of zero fat apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies. They were OK, but after a few mornings I was already sick of them and back to ick.

Today I will be trying a couple of muffin recipes. After searching for a few days, I’ve decided to try out two: Quick and Easy Banana Nut Muffins and Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins — but I’ll also be substituting any calls for oil (canola, vegetable, whatever) with unsweetened applesauce and any calls for whole eggs with egg whites only.

I’ve got the recipes printed out and ready to go, and I promise I will be back to update this post with photos and reviews as well. Aside from myself, there are three others here whose opinions matter since they’ll be stuck eating them for quick breakfasts and/or snacks as well — recall, I’m burnt out on cooking every day!

In the meantime, feel free to share any suggestions or recipes you may have and enjoy that help make oatmeal more palatable!

Reference: Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers

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