Of all the things we may be tempted to eat or drink on St. Patrick’s Day – or more importantly the day after! – none are probably as healthy as oatmeal.

The good folks at Flahavan’s sent us some of their genuine Irish oat meal and I must say, though it may not be as fun as eating corned beef and drinking stout, when you’re looking at the early morning sun, a bowl of oatmeal is probably one of the best things you can put in your tummy on the day after St. Paddy’s Day.

There are many extensive lists of oatmeal’s benefits all over the internet, but as far as I can tell, here are the top three reasons to eat oatmeal:

  • Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease – plus it lowers blood pressure
  • Oatmeal fills you up for longer so you don’t eat as much
  • Oat meal contains loads of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants

So consider having a bowl of oatmeal tomorrow morning as you re-think all the stuff you’re going to consume and all the bad decisions you’re going to make on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day.

Of course, to me, it all comes down to taste, and oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup is darn good – I actually think it tastes better just knowing how much good it’s doing for me.

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David Hammond

David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David...