My Oatmeal Deal – By Natalia Oparka


 

 

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Photography credits: Purple_zeppelin

Oatmeal, made of rolled, steel cut or ‘instant’ oat groats, is the best way to start a day for many of us. It does us a lot of good, eg. regulates our blood sugar (therefore excellent for diabetics), lowers the cholesterol levels. Moreover, it regulates our digestion and is an easy-to- make breakfast that provides us with plenty of energy throughout the day.

However, this month we will discover that oatmeal may not only be used for breakfast. Heck, it may not only serve as a meal!

For those who make their first steps in the kitchen (like my humble person), there is a surprisingly easy recipe for oatmeal cookies. Not only is it a quick and healthy snack, but it’s also yet another reason to feel like a pro in you own kitchen.

Oatmeal cookies recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups oatmeal

1 & 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

100 gram butter (softened)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

200 gram nuts, cranberries, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (your choice)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together. You might add water or milk if it becomes too thick.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160 C and roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place them 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  3. Flatten each cookie with a tablespoon.
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes.

Voila, you are a cook!

Another easy and healthy way to use oatmeal is facial masks. There are plenty of ‘recipes’ on-line, but I picked the one that works for me.

Milk, banana and oatmeal mask:

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1 tablespoon gound otameal

1 tablespoon milk

Instructions:

  1. Place the banana in the mixing bowl.
  2. Mash it and add milk and oatmeal.
  3. Keep on your face for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove with warm water.

It is great because it improves your skin function and heals blemishes and even gets rid of discolorations. Naturally, milk hydrates the skin and bananas contain vitamin C, a well-known antioxidant, which moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

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