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January 3rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

It’s a breakfast! It’s a dessert! It’s National Oatmeal Month!

Lauded for its cholesterol-fighting abilities, oatmeal often takes the backseat to more exciting cookies (chocolate chip, sugar and peanut butter, for example) - but here’s the thing about an oatmeal cookie: it’s sweet and chewy, yet wholesome and filling. Gail Dosik of One Tough Cookie, Inc. even recommends bringing a batch of the whole-grain treat home with you when you’re introducing “the one” to your parents.

And in the breakfast arena, oatmeal continues to impress nutrition specialists and chefs alike.

“Oats also contain a lot of compounds and nutrients which help reduce diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, cancer,” said Katherine Tallmadge from the American Dietetic Association. “Being a whole nutritious food, it has so many benefits.”

To reap the maximum benefits, Tallmadge recommends preparing your oatmeal from scratch.

What's on TV?

“The Mistress of Spices” – HBOe, 9:45 a.m. ET
A young woman becomes the Mistress of Spices but breaks one of the rules and is punished by said spices.

“Food Paradise” – Travel Channel, 10 a.m. ET
For many, pizza is the ultimate Italian import. The best pies are explored from New York to California.

“The Best Thing I Ever Ate” – Food Network, 7:30 p.m. ET
Some of our favorite chefs reveal what foods are “simply irresistible.” The list includes everything from sticky buns to roasted chicken.

“Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” – TLC, 9 p.m. ET
Competitors much create an outer space-themed cake for Buddy Jr.’s birthday party.

“Bitchin’ Kitchen” – Cooking Channel, 9:30 p.m. ET
Nadia G. cooks up three low-fat dishes to help your lover drop a few pounds, including pepper-crusted tuna steak.

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  1. Truth

    Anytime oatmeal is mentioned, i treminds me of a co-worker with whom I shared an office many years ago. Her daughter had been sick and I asked how she was doing. Her mom said "Well, she ate some oatmeal this morning, but then she threw it up", to which I responded "How could you tell?"

    January 3, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Jerv@Truth

      LOL!! I know, rigth? I hated it as a kid and despise it as an adult. Give me grits and butter any day.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • Truth@Jerv

        In Denver, we had a marketing campaign running for the last two weeks, and it was unveiled today. Turns out that McDonald's is now selling oatmeal with fruit. Looks like some that was eaten and lost...

        January 3, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Jerv@Truth

        My last job I worked for 4 years, the office was predominately women And every day, every last one of them would eat oatmeal for breakfast. Good god, the smell.

        January 3, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • Truth@Jerv

        Trust me friend, if you work with all women, the least of your problems will be food related...Oh, the humanity.

        January 3, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  2. Jerv

    Nadias Mediterranean Chick Pea Stew sounds really good.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:43 am |
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