Oatmeal – the New Miracle Food
by Penelope Folsom
Looking for an easy way to get that all important oatmeal into your diet? Here’s a scrumptious breakfast that my dad treated himself to nearly every morning for the last 20 years of his life. He had a goal when he turned 60 – to climb all the mountains in the Presidential Range in New Hampshire at least once. I know he climbed a few of them several times. The highest is Mt. Washington at 6200 feet. Quite a nice goal for a former cigar smoking doctor who once ate all the wrong foods.
The following is his special formula with the addition of flax seed. To streamline this process, I grind a cup or two of the fresh flax and store it in the freezer until ready to use. Mixing up a couple of dozen separate containers for a couple of weeks of breakfasts also makes life easier. That way it’s ready to put in a bowl, heat and eat each morning.
1/3 – 1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup of any prepared granola
2 Tbs. sliced or chopped almonds
2 Tbs. chopped dried dates, or cranberries or apricots
or your choice of chopped dried fruit
2 Tbs. freshly ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Put in microwave proof bowl, add enough water to cover and microwave for one minute. Stir, add milk and a sliced banana or a handful of blueberries and enjoy.

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