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Monday, December 12

Oatmeal: My Daughter's Almost Everyday Breakfast

Good thing there are now varieties of oatmeal in the market and there is an instant option too. With the many brands popping out, there is this only brand that me and my kiddo like.

Waking up sometimes late and preparing for breakfast in a short time, eats our time prepping up for school. That's why I stock foods that can be easily prepared especially when rushing.

And number one in my list is oatmeal. And another reason to be grateful for oat-lovers is it also has different flavors. That's why my tot loving it too much that it became her daily breakfast meal.

Oats Nutritional Facts:
Oats and heart health-
The Oatmeal and oat bran are rich in dietary fiber, i.e both soluble and insoluble. One of the most important components of the soluble fibre abundantly present in oats is beta-glucans. These beta glucans have been studied to aid in lowering blood cholesterol levels. The benefits are attributed to the fact that when soluble fiber passes through the digestive tract, they break down and form a gel like substance. This gel then traps the cholesterol carrying bile acids and in turn reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream and the adjoining cells. So, the entire process results in entrapping of the bad LDL cholesterol without having any effect on the good HDL cholesterol.
Oats and grains also contain compounds called tocotrienols, which are basically antioxidants which form vitamin E along with tocopherols. These tocotrienols reduce the free radical damage, inhibit cholesterol synthesis and help to lower blood cholesterol levels. A reduced synthesis and absorption of LDL cholesterol help to reduce the risk to coronary heart diseases. However, the point to be noted is that Oats and other whole grains shall be most effective in improving heart health, when consumed as part of a low-fat, high-fiber diet taken together with regular exercise.
It is recommended to have at least ½-1 cup (1½-3 ounces) of oats every day, so as to derive its health benefits. The oats may be prepared into hot cereal or porridges. However, there have been instances where excess consumption of oat bran have led to digestive complaints.
Oats and blood sugar levels-
The beta glucan present in oats helps to slow down the rise in blood glucose levels after a meal and also helps to delay the absorption into the cells. Here’s how it works. We have already seen that the soluble fiber forms a gel like structure while passing through the digestive tract. This gel increases the viscosity of the contents of the stomach and small intestine, which in turn slows down digestion and prolongs the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This means that drastic fluctuations in the blood sugar levels after eating is avoided and a stable glucose level is maintained. This is desirable, especially for weight loss seekers and diabetics. Similar benefits may be derived by intake of other sources of soluble fiber like whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Oats and weight control-
The dietary fiber helps to make you feel full faster and longer. This help to reduce cravings and bingeing tendencies and leads to better chances of losing weight effectively. Oats also help to improve the athletic performance by providing calories for meeting the energy demands of a workout. They tend to improve metabolism, when eaten an hour before work outs.
 Additionally, oats contain phyto chemicals (plant chemicals which have been associated with protection against chronic disease like cancer) and a good balance of essential fatty acids. Oats are also a storehouse of essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, biotin and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
Wow, there are plenty of reasons to include oats to our meal. Not bad for daily consumption, not at all.

Disney on Ice at The Big Dome

Oh my!

Just reading the title makes me want to withdraw and back out on our upcoming field trip this Friday.

If only I have known this earlier... tssskkk...

I've been dreaming for my daughter to go to Disneyland someday. Well, everyone- including white-haired adults, for sure has dreamt of going there. You know, the thrill of seeing those famous Disney characters, who wouldn't like the idea?

Its like a treat good for life. lol

I was disappointed and nearly depressed already (kinda exaggerated?NO!!!) and I blame myself for not reading or watching too much news. But then, thanks to Facebook- where it was posted by Smart Parenting.

Anyhooo, the said show will be crowded with more than 50 Disney friends. Imagine that? It will start on Christmas day at SMART Araneta Coliseum. It is a never-before-seen show, Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate.

The all-new production will showcase a magical medley of holidays and celebrations that will transform the Big Dome into a colossal party on ice.  Audiences young and old will be delighted as they join Mickey Mouse and friends on a delightful tour of festivities jam-packed with fun surprises, spectacular skating and vibrant costumes. Filipinos will be enthralled as they witness one exciting event after another, including a Valentine's Royal Ball with the newest Disney princess, Tiana; a very Merry UnBirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Jack Skellington's frightfully festive Halloween Party with the Disney Villains; and a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch.
It will be from December 25, 2011 to January 3, 2012,  call Ticketnet at 911-5555 for purchases and show schedules.