Saturday, January 25, 2014

January Grain of the Month: Oats

I love oats.
I can't let January sneak by without posting on oats!
Oats are January's Grain of the Month
Why January?
Looks like people buy more oats in January than any other month!
And here are some good reasons to do so:

1. Fun facts: No matter how they are processed (oat flour, steel cut, rolled oats, quick or instant oats) they most always have their bran and germ, so you're getting a whole grain. Here's a great explanation as to what makes different types of oats, like old fashioned vs instant different.

2. Health Benefits: Eating oats may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood pressure, risk of type 2 diabetes, and dependance on laxatives. Hey, let's give credit where credit is do due!
Gotta love that Fiber!
The rolled oats on the right have just been flattened out.
"Steel" a great way to get some fiber!
Fiber can help you feel fuller longer, aiding in weight control! 
Oats are higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than most whole grains. Oats are also high in anti-oxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties!

3. Cooking Tips: My favorite way to eat oats is as a cereal.  I buy steel cut oats, cook them overnight in my pressure cooker/slow cooker, scoop out about 1/2 cup or more in the morning, mix in a tiny bit of milk, grate some cinnamon on the top, and gobble them up! So warm and delicious - a great way to face our latest Polar Vortex.
Alton Brown's Recipe
The Spicy Oat Crusted Chicken sounds pretty good too. Maybe I'll try that recipe tomorrow ....

4. Cool to know: Oatmeal was rated #1 amongst breakfast foods & #3 in "satiety" by Australian researchers. And even though oats are naturally gluten-free, they may be contaminated with gluten during the growing and processing. If you suspect a gluten allergy or sensitivity, look for certified gluten-free oats.
Gluten Free Certified
Do you like oats?
What's your favorite way to eat 'em?
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