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Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday) – February 13, 2023

Oatmeal Monday, also known as Meal Monday, is held on the second Monday of February every year. This year, it falls on February 13. It started as a University holiday in Scotland over 300 years ago. This meal is celebrated for good reason as they are fast to whip up, highly nutritious, and a great source of energy. This meal is loved for its versatility, with different inventive flavors. It can be served cold and light with berries and fruits for breakfast or piping hot with milk and almonds for dinner. There are over 800 different ways oats can be made and the meal has been there for many university students on hungry nights.

History of Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday)

To fully immerse ourselves in this simply satisfying drink. We must gain some perspective on where oats originated from and why it now has their holiday. Oats have a long and illustrious history dating back over 4,000 years. It was discovered by archaeologists while excavating in Egypt. About 1,000 years later Ancient Romans thought they were diseased-ridden wheat and used them to feed their livestock. They often ridiculed their other European counterparts like the Germans and the Scottish that ate oats themselves.

From as early as the 17th century students at the University of Scotland were expected to bring their food, firewood, and other means of sustenance needed to keep them through their stay in school. They will often pack as many necessities as possible because many of them came from far destinations. As a result, several universities began to give students long weekends on occasion so that they could travel and stock up on supplies like firewood and food like oats.

For a long time, these long weekends were quite common until around 1885, when the University of Edinburgh declared the first Monday of every month as a meal Monday. Nearly 10 years later, the university decided that only one official day should be deemed, which is still the first Monday of every February today. Presently, oatmeal is relished all over the world by millions of people and is seen as a quick, healthy, and hearty breakfast meal.

Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday) timeline

2000 B.C.
African roots

Some findings trace the first origins of this grain meal to Egypt’s 12th Dynasty.

1700s A.D.
School Supplies

It is claimed around this time Scottish students carry oats among other supplies as part of their school provisions.

The Change in Holiday

Long weekends at the University of Edinburgh have become a once-a-year event.

Healthy Benefits Established

The Quaker Brand makes claims that oats help to lower saturated fats, lower cholesterol and generally decrease the risk of heart disease.

Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday) FAQs

Can you eat Oatmeal every day?

Generally, you can eat one serving of oats every day, however, if you would like to eat oats every day, that ultimately comes down to the type of oats and the type of your diet.

Are oats gluten-free?

Naturally, oats are gluten-free, but during production, they can come in contact with other grains that contain gluten such as wheat, rye, or barley.

How long can they be stored?

In their natural dried form, they can be preserved for up to nine months in a cool dry place. can be kept in the fridge for 36 hours depending on the toppings added.

Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday) Activities

  1. Engage your online friends

    You can share pictures of your oatmeal with your favorite toppings on social media. Don't forget to hashtag #Oatmealmonday.

  2. Have an oatmeal dessert party

    There are so many different flavors that can be infused into a bowl of oatmeal, some come a little sweet and some come a little spicy. You and your friends can have a taste-off after dinner.

  3. Make it yourself

    There are hundreds of recipes online on how to prepare oatmeals in different ways. A good way to get into the feel of the day will be to whip out your apron and try out a recipe you think you’ll love.


  1. Oat is great for your skin

    They are excellent moisturizers and help to balance your skin pH.

  2. Oatmeal is great for weight loss

    With its very rich nutritious value and low-calorie count, this meal makes an excellent choice for people trying to shed some kilos

  3. Oats are packed with nutrients

    Starting your day with oats gives you a powerful dose of proteins and fiber, not to mention all the nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes it contains.

  4. They make excellent crafting tools

    If you add a little flour and a little water, you've got yourself D.I.Y. clay.

  5. It helps in heart conditions

    Recent compelling studies show that oats lower cholesterol and L.D.L. in cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Why We Love Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday)

  1. It educates people on oats

    There are a lot of people that are missing out on this tasty treat. It can be served hot on a chilly day or cold on a hot summer day. Either way, it is often a nice healthy meal to have on your grocery list.

  2. For the love of oatmeal

    On days when we're hurrying to the office and don't know what to eat, this lunch has rescued many students and even grownups. It's quick, tasty, and full of vitamins. As a result, we're celebrating today because we love oatmeal.

  3. It's a good excuse to eat oatmeal

    Maybe you've been having a craving for something grainy lately. Well, today is a good excuse to eat some oatmeal, you can pair it with something sweet like cinnamon or fruit or you can have it with your favorite steamed veggies or egg and cheese toppings.

Oatmeal Monday (Meal Monday) dates

2022February 14Monday
2023February 13Monday
2024February 12Monday
2025February 10Monday
2026February 9Monday

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