Fans of oatmeal need no encouragement: it’s delicious and cozy, it’s filling, and it’s really good for you. If you’re budget conscious, you also know that oats are economical, too. So a box of oats is a win-win all around and it’s about to get even better! Oats are great for more than just a typical bowl of oatmeal. Not that there’s anything wrong with a bowl of oatmeal! But why limit yourself to just that when oats can do so much more? And they’re not just for eating, either- read on for new and amazing ways to use oats!
Oatmeal: Okay, this one is obvious, and I couldn’t leave it out, but you can change it up every time you eat with different flavorings and toppings. For busy mornings you’ll love the convenient nutrition of overnight oats- try these delicious recipes.
Granola: Not everyone loves oatmeal, but who can turn down crunchy granola? It’s a delicious and healthy breakfast option, as well as a smart yogurt or ice cream topping. Granola doesn’t get boring, either, because there are so many variations of it. And it’s easy to make your own granola, so give it a try. Check out these recipes for healthy granola.
Cookies: Oatmeal cookies are great because, cookies! And also because you can eat them and feel like you’re eating something healthy! Here’s a delicious and easy recipe.
Meatloaf: Get your whole grains and some texture by adding a cup of oats to your regular meatloaf recipe.
Treat Acne: You can treat and prevent acne without applying harsh chemicals to your skin. Oatmeal exfoliates and prevents clogged pores. It also has microbial properties, which means it kills the bacteria that cause acne. Make a paste with oatmeal and honey and apply to your skin for a few minutes before gently rinsing off. You can do this regularly to keep your skin clear.
Soothe skin: Oats are soothing for sunburn, insect bites, and poison ivy. Add oats to your bath for some relief.
Face mask: Oatmeal is great for exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Here’s a simple face mask that leaves your skin feeling extra clean and refreshed.
Neutralize odors: Leave a bowl of oats in the refrigerator- or really anywhere- to absorb odors.
And that’s just the oats; since you’ll be using so much of it, you’ll be left with lots of oat containers. Make the most of those, too, with these clever crafts!
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Sometimes you just need a hug. Maybe you had a tough day, or you’re feeling sad, or maybe there’s no special reason- you just want the comfort and love that comes with a hug. Because deep down, you know that hugs are good for you in all kinds of ways. Here are some of the benefits of hugging:
Hugs are nurturing: Touch is nurturing, and we’re never too old for that.
Hugs heal loneliness and anger: Hugging may be an antidote to loneliness, but there’s also a chemical reason- the release of the hormone oxytocin reduces those negative feelings.
Hugs are good for your immune system: Hugging stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are essential to a healthy immune system.
Hugs boost self-esteem: Being hugged makes you feel loved, which increases your self-worth. Studies show that babies who are hugged often grow up to be confident adults.
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As far as I;m concerned, mornings suck! My ideal wake-up time is somewhere around 10 AM and I’d rather not rush. Sounds good, but unfortunately, it’s not my reality, so I think it’s time to up my morning game. Anyone else in the same boat? Here are some ways to make mornings as productive and painless as possible :
Don’t hit the snooze button. If you just can’t help yourself keep the clock where you can’t reach it from your bed so you’ll have to get up to shut it off.
Exercise. It doesn’t have to be a heavy-duty, long workout; whatever you can manage is fine. Exercise in the morning will boost your metabolism and energy for the day.
Wake up to natural light. Open the shades so your brain knows it’s morning.
Smile. Believe me, I know how hard it is to smile in the morning! Do it anyway, even if you have to fake it. Smiling releases endorphins- the hormones that make you happy, and smiling will give you a positive start to the day.
Prepare what you need the night before. Plan your outfit, pack your lunch, and do anything you can to make it easier for you to get ready in the morning.
Make your bed. A neat room really makes a difference and makes you more motivated to start your day.
Make a to-do list. If you know what you have going on you can plan your day and be organized.
Eat a nutritious breakfast. Make sure to eat protein and healthy fat to power your brain and your body.
Have a routine. Following a routine helps things run smoothly, but be flexible.
Prepare your daily dose. Fill a weekly pill box with your vitamins and medications for each day to save time in the morning.
Don’t look at your phone. Stay away from your phone until you’re all dressed to avoid distractions.
Give yourself enough time. Know how much time you need for everything you have to do in the morning, including showering, dressing, and travel, so you won’t feel rushed or stressed.
Nothing too crazy here and it all makes sense. I’ll never be a morning person, but these tips will make my mornings a lot easier!