Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Versatile Oats for the Whole Family

Oats are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan, and antioxidants. They can also taste very good! Who doesn't like oatmeal cookies?

Very versatile, oats leftovers can also be used to treat acne, neutralize odors, soothe dry skin, and be turned into modeling clay for kids!

Treat acne:
Cook up some oats, let cool until lukewarm, then apply to the affected areas. Let stand for several minutes, then rinse.

Neutralize odors:
Place an open container of dry oats in your fridge.
Soothe skin:
Mix it with honey and lukewarm water, and apply to the skin for 20 minutes.
Modeling Clay:
- 1 cup rolled oats (you can use instant or old fashioned)
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra
- 1/2 cup water

Stir together all the ingredients in a large bowl, adding more flour if necessary, until the dough forms a lump. For colored clay, you can add drops of food coloring to the water before combining it with the dry ingredients. Knead it on a floured surface, adding flour as needed, until it is smooth and not too sticky. Allow finished creations to air-dry overnight. Leftover clay can be refrigerated in a ziplock bag for up to three days.

Sources: Yahoo Green and Family Fun

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