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Tasty Heart-Healthy Recipe in Honor of National Oatmeal Month

People are committed to living a healthy lifestyle in January, just in time for National Oatmeal Month. Not only does oatmeal taste great, but it is also very healthy for you and the senior that you look after. Eating oatmeal regularly may help lower blood pressure and keep blood sugar levels low. Since oatmeal is high in fiber, it helps you feel full longer. Additionally, eating oatmeal can help to lower bad cholesterol levels. It can also help to stop the itch from dry winter skin. Below is a delicious and nutritious oatmeal recipe that Columbus in-home elder care professionals can easily prepare for seniors.

If your loved one is tired of eating quick oatmeal fixed in the microwave, then try baked pumpkin oatmeal. Since this recipe is made the night before, breakfast will be ready quickly.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 (14 oz can) pumpkin
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

Instructions:

  1. Slightly spray a two-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the flour and butter in a bowl. 
  3. Fold in the oats.
  4. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture overnight.
  6. Combine the flour and butter. Mix until the mixture is crumbly.
  7. Sprinkle the flour mixture on top of the oatmeal mixture. 
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake until slightly golden. This will take about 30 minutes. 

Making baked pumpkin oatmeal the night before allows you to focus on other things in the morning. This heart-healthy and fragrant dish is sure to leave you and your senior loved one with full stomachs and ready to start the day. It especially tastes great on a cold winter day during January. 

Learn more about nutritious meals to prepare for seniors when you call Home Care Assistance at (614) 481-8888. In addition to preparing healthy meals for your loved one, our highly trained Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke caregivers in Columbus work around the clock to boost your loved one’s physical and mental wellbeing. Call today to have a trusted Care Manager customize a care schedule for your loved one.