A goal for 2012 is to have more fun with food by planning some of our meals around our many National Food Holidays. If you wanted, you could celebrate a different food practically every day of the year. And some lucky foods have whole months dedicated to them.
What better place to start than January, with National Oatmeal Month.
Oatmeal is good and good-for-you. In addition to being packed with thiamine, iron and fiber, it’s been shown to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, reduce your risk of diabetes and prevent breast cancer – just for starters. (Here’s a great article from Natural Health if you want to know more about the health benefits of oatmeal.)
Here’s a great collection of recipes – including all my favorites – that call for oats with their associated Weight Watcher Points+ values.
Slim & Healthy Oatmeal Recipes with Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values
Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies - simple wholesome cookies that are easy to make and really satisfying, each with only 92 calories and 3 PointsPlus value.
Baked Oatmeal Recipes – a great collection of recipes for baked oatmeal with Points+ value information.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies – the kind of cookies you can eat for breakfast without feeling too guilty since they are full of good-for-you breakfast ingredients like oatmeal, bananas and walnuts. Each cookie has 2 WW Points+.
Best Healthy Homemade Maple Granola – lots of granola recipes call for honey, but I like maple syrup, so I use it instead. Each 1/2 cup serving has a Points+ value of 5.
Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes – start your day with a plate of nourishing wholegrain pancakes with 7 WW Points+ value.
Caramel Chocolate Oat Mini Bars – a little sweet treat that’s easy and delicious. Because they are sweet and rich a little goes a long way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each mini bar has a WW PointsPlus value of 2.
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bread – a delicious quick bread brimming with fresh cranberries, orange zest and oats. Each 1/2 slice serving has 3 WW Points+.
Great Granola Bar Recipe - makes granola bars with great flavor and lots of texture that are packed with wholesome ingredients. Each generous bar has 7 WW PointsPlus value.
Healthy Homemade Granola Bars - makes delicious soft and chewy healthy granola bars (or energy bars) full of oats, dried fruit, and whole grains. Sweetened with maple syrup, each bar has a Points+ value of 4.
Moist & Chewy Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – a delicious healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each bar has a WW PointsPlus Value of 3.
Skinny Banana Oatmeal Muffin and Bread Recipes – a great collection of of winning recipes with weight watchers pointsplus values.
Skinny Mini Meat Loaf Muffins – quick and easy mini meatloaves with just 7 ingredients, including quick cooking oats that are delicious. Each serving has 6 PointsPlus.
Slim & Healthy Ways to Enjoy Oatmeal for Breakfast – including instructions and videos for making both rolled oats and steel cut oats, topping ideas and oatmeal recipes with Weight Watchers PointsPlus values.
Summer Muesli Recipe – a great way to enjoy oats for breakfast during the summer. Each serving has WW PointsPlus value of 5.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Oat Bread – when you can’t get enough of pumpkin flavored treats, here’s another one to try. Each piece has 4 WW Points+ value.