January 2017
First things first, and for me that means starting the day with a healthful breakfast. I've highlighted oats today and various ways to prepare them, so pick the one that suits you and your family the best. You've got to love a recipe that can considered dessert or breakfast!

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Easy Ways to Boost Fiber 
 in Your Daily Diet 
Fiber is an essential nutrient. However, most Americans are falling far short of the recommended daily amount in their diets. Start out with breakfast to bulk up the fiber in your diet each day.

Overnight Oats

Looking for a fast and healthy grab-and-go breakfast? Whip up a batch of creamy, easy overnight oats in the evening, stick it in the fridge and it's ready in the morning. Then, add your favorite toppings - the possibilities are endless.

Oatmeal is a staple grain in Scottish culinary tradition. Commonly used in Scottish baked goods, oats deliver whole-grain goodness. The blueberries in this breakfast crisp deliver antioxidants, as well as fiber and vitamin C; the pears are a good fiber source.

This perfect make-ahead breakfast is great on its own or served like cereal. A tasty way to enjoy baked oatmeal is topped with a splash of cold milk, a sprinkle of brown sugar and fresh berries.

Whether it's done in the oven or on the stovetop, toasting nuts releases natural oils and aromas and makes them more flavorful. After cooling, store nuts safely in an airtight container for up to a week. Add them to salads, cereal or eat them as a snack.

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Sue Bourque

Nutrition Education Program
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02632
(508) 375-6690