Kids can start their day with a healthy, satisfying bowl of oatmeal and end their day with a cherry cobbler. Oats have the highest percentage of protein and fiber of any grain. Heart healthy oats can help control blood pressure and cholesterol and keep blood vessels healthy. Kids that eat oatmeal for breakfast have more brain power and energy to meet the day. Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which forms a gel-like substance that binds cholesterol in the intestines, prevents it from being absorbed, and aids in its removal from the body.
Kids can kick start their metabolism and add antioxidant rich berries to their morning oatmeal to fight free radicals, lower the buildup of plaque in the arteries, and lower the risk of infections, such as colds and flu. Oats are a fiber rich food that bulk up waste to help it through the gut. The fiber in oats is digested slowly keeping kids feeling full and their blood sugar levels steady.
Kids can bake breads and yummy desserts with oats, like oatmeal cookies, granola bars, apple crisp, and berry cobbler. Oats aid digestion and are good for bones and connective tissues. Oats are also antimicrobial, fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections. Oats mixed with whole wheat bread crumbs, cumin, sea salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil make a great topping for casseroles.