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Easy Ways to Branch Out after Breakfast

OATS ARE EVEN HEALTHIER THAN THE FDA ORIGINALLY THOUGHT A DECADE AGO when it approved the health claim linking them with a reduced risk of heart disease, according to new research. They can also cut your risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. To reap the benefits, eat 1/2 cup daily--preferably unsweetened.

Turkey Meatballs Mix 1 1/2 lb ground lean turkey with 3/4 c quick-cooking oats, V2 c chopped onion, 1/2 c tomato sauce, and 1 egg. Roll into 1" balls and bake in shallow pan at 400°F about 20 minutes. Simmer in 1 1/2 to 2 c tomato sauce and serve.

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia Coat 1 tilapia or salmon fillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Roll in mixture of 1/4 c quick-cooking oats, 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

Blueberry-Chocolate Parfait Place 1/4 c frozen wild blueberries in small ovenproof dessert dish. Cover with V2 c cooked oatmeal and top with 30 dark chocolate chips. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds.

PHOTO (COLOR): INSTANT OATMEAL, STEEL-CUT OATMEAL, OLD-FASHIONED ROLLED OATS, AND QUICK OATS ALL HAVE ABOUT 150 CALORIES AND 2 g OF FAT PER 1/2 CUP

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By Amy Gorin

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