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Healthy Living on January 10, 2011 by

National Oatmeal Month and a Giveaway

January is national oatmeal month. Did you know that more people eat oats in January than any other month? (At least, according to some sources.) I have trouble buying it based on how often we talk to our customers about eating oatmeal. I’ve always known our customers are special- they eat oats all year round, many almost every day!

Whether you’re a once-in-a-while oatmeal eater or the everyday sort, January is a great time to celebrate oatmeal! Most of us are already thinking about eating better and after spending almost 6 weeks indulging in holiday foods of every variety, oatmeal is good way to clean house.

Oats are not just delicious and soothing, but they also have some special qualities that provide incredible health benefits.  Oats have been proved to reduce cholesterol and they’re a great source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Oats contain soluble fiber, which soaks up cholesterol in the intestines and prevents it from being absorbed, eventually carrying it out of the body. The body recognizes this decrease of cholesterol in the intestines and responds by pulling cholesterol out of the bloodstream to replace the cholesterol that was removed from the intestines (aren’t our bodies amazing sometimes?). As a result, the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream goes down and so does the risk of heart disease!

If that’s not a good reason to enjoy oats, how about some of these?

Giveaway:

In honor of National Oatmeal Month, I’m giving away an oat-themed gift pack to three lucky winners! Each gift pack will contain four of our favorite oat products! You have until midnight on January 21st, 2011 to enter.  Winners will be selected at random using Random.org and announced on January 24th.

01/22/11: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

Here is how to enter:

Mandatory: Leave a comment here, on the blog, telling us why you love oatmeal. It doesn’t have to be a love ballad, it can be simple.

For extra entries (you can do each of these only once, for a maximum of 5 entries including the mandatory entry): These can be posted here on the blog or on our facebook profile page (sorry, no tweets this time)

1 entry: Post a link to a recipe using oats that you think sounds delicious.
1 entry: Post an interesting fact about oats. It can be something about their nutritional benefits, how to use them, how they are grown, anything really.
2 entries: Write a haiku about oatmeal.

Go to it and celebrate oatmeal!

Comments

Kristyn says:

I love oatmeal because it is healthy and a great way to start the day. It keeps you full and energized without weighing you down. Its also delicious with cinnamon and banana.

julie says:

Rolled oats w/ cinnamon, flax seed, dried cranberries, walnuts, blackstrap molasses…and just a little half & half … yum yum… Jump starts my day !!

Kristen says:

Oatmeal is the bomb
I slow-cook it in my thong
sex and food ain’t wrong

@Kristen: You just cracked us up! Thanks for the entry.

I’ve been feeding my three kids oatmeal since they were old enough to eat it. With raisins, crasins, walnuts and banana breakfast tastes like cookies, but with no added sugar. Thank you oatmeal! 🙂

Ed Jaramillo says:

I love oatmeal si I don’t bonk during a bike race!

Joree says:

I’m so happy to finally eats oats again thanks to BRM–the gluten free oats are the best and make mornings at work a bit better!

This is my Nana’s Oatmeal, haven’t had it in over 50 years, Good oatmeal is ageless, and finely it has come home to me. Bob’s Red Hill Oatmeal not only warms my body but also my heart and soul

BadRock says:

I’m note well versed in haiku’s but I do love your oatmeals!

Recipe: Equal parts oatmeal and water, cook til tender add a pad of butter and a splash of almond milk. Done!

@BadRock, if you want to enter a haiku the formula is simple. First line: 5 syllables; Second line: 7 syllables; Third line: 5 syllables. That’s a very simple formula, but there are other forms. 🙂

Alison says:

I love oatmeal because there are so many things you can put in it! My favorite is mashed up banana and a little butter. Yum yum! I also love eating dry oatmeal 🙂

Patty Starmer says:

This is an awesome recipe to use up ripened bananas, PLUS, it has oatmeal in it. Tastes like an oatmeal-banana bread, but in cookie form. So good! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Banana-Oatmeal-Cookie/Detail.aspx

Jenna says:

Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast! So good for you too.

Corri Baker says:

We love to eat oats for breakfast. We use coconut oil and blueberries for a healthy and filling breakfast. SO Yummy!

Jenna says:

Check out this different recipe, using pumpkin, ginger and oatmeal!

http://indianhotrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/04/pumpkin-oats-recipe.html

Valerie Webber says:

I love oatmeal because it’s the only breakfast that keeps me from snacking all morning long. I cook mine in skim milk, with raisins, vanilla and cinnamon. Sometimes I use sliced bananas and chopped nuts.

Jenna says:

If you mix oatmeal with no added sugar applesauce, it bulks it up big time, plus it gives it a natural sweetener. This way if you are on Weight Watchers, it’s a great way to get in more ‘free’ fruit.

Jenna says:

Haiku:

Mix oatmeal with spice,
quite interestingly nice,
my favorite breakfast!

Jenna says:

Haiku 2:

Don’t shun your oatmeal,
sing to it in the shower,
and LOVE it.

Diana Spears says:

I love oatmeal because my childhood sweetheart husband of 47 years makes it for ME ! He also makes it for the grandchildren and that too has become a family tradition when we are together. What fun to share a nutritious breakfast with them !

Sonya says:

I love oatmeal because it is the only breakfast that keeps me full until lunch@

Lisa C says:

Oatmeal: The healthy comfort food!

Jenni says:

I love nice pure organic oatmeal. It’s filling, warm on a cold day, healthy, and you can do so many things with it. I like organic soy butter & Himalayan pink salt, mmmm! And don’t get me started on how delicious my whole wheat organic “Tollhouse” cookie recipe is with oatmeal in it!!!

Lori L says:

I love oatmeal because when I was very young my Mom would make it for me with fruit in it. We had a large lot of land so we had lot of apple, pears and all kinds of berrys. Mom said it is good for you and was very inexpensive. I give it to my kids and now all 3 have a love for oatmeal! Thanks mom

Celia says:

I love oatmeal because it’s so versatile (porridge, crumbles, cookies, muffins, breads, etc.). 🙂

David P says:

Yes, I love steel cut oatmeal because it fills me up for whole morning.

Peter Koonce says:

Oats. Whole Grain goodness. It makes chocolate chips healthier.

Amanda says:

I LOVE oatmeal. It’s amazing in that a bowl of oats with a little brown sugar and cinnamon holds me over for the morning, not to mention being nutritionally rich and delicious!

Amanda says:

A haiku for oatmeal (posting again because it’s worth 2 entries?):

Oh, fibrous oatmeal:
Old-fashioned or steel cut,
You are so yummy.

Amanda says:

Nigella Lawson’s Irish Oaten Rolls! Here’s a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D63gEI2AYnE

Belva Cangelosi says:

My husband & I try & eat oatmeal everyday. I buy two kinds. His favorite, which is the quick cooking & my favorite, which is the extra thick rolled oats. He likes “mushy” & I like “bite & texture”. Our 2 year old grandson loves Papa’s oat meal & always wants more (papa likes to “doctor” his up quiet a bit more than me.) the health benefits are wonderful. Just knowing how good oatmeal is for us makes it all that more delicious! Very satisfying….holds us until lunch. Nothing but BOB’S RED MEAL, of course! Thanks Bob!

Belva Cangelosi says:

I have a delicious recipe for Buckwheat Pancakes using oatmeal. it’s a little lengthy so I won’t post unless someone would like it. THE best pancakes you’ve ever tasted & so healthy!

Amanda says:

According to the internet, oatmeal is a VERY popular food in Scotland.

Ann says:

There is nothing like hot oatmeal in the morning, to fill me up. Milk, with brown sugar and sometimes sprinkles of cinnamon. Yum.

Chris says:

I do not what I would do without steel cut oatmeal. I make 2 cups at a time and it is a go to staple. A little brown sugar, blueberries, walnuts or granola. It is the best.

SaraF says:

Fun oat fact: Beverages based on oats are muy popular in Central and South America.

SaraF says:

Eat your oats, my friends,
You’ll get stronger. Eat them not,
You will surely die.

kj says:

I love oatmeal because it’s yummy in cookies. 🙂

Jeanne says:

I love oatmeal because it is filling and nutritious. I know if I have a bowl in the morning, I can make it through until lunch without snacking.

themamateresa says:

I love oatmeal because it fills me up and even tastes great w/o sugar (which I can’t have.
Love it!

Geanna says:

My oatmeal breakfast keeps me full for hours, and gives me plenty of energy. Plus, it’s delicious!

Ron Miller says:

Oatmeal, my favorite breakfast. I use whole milk and after it’s cooked, I add butter and brown sugar. Yummy!!

Jenny says:

I love oatmeal, it is yummy and it keeps me full all morning AND there is so many things you can do to make it different every day!

Eric says:

I love Bobs red mill! Best oats and grain products on the planet. Eating Bobs gains every day probably raises your life expectancy 10 years!

gymmie says:

I love Oatmeal because it’s easy to make, filling and you can do so much with it. Sweetener/milk or add fruit to it for a huge meal. And of course make nommy cookies 🙂

monica says:

I love oatmeal with cream, butter and sugar. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite too. I especially love the Gluten Free Oats by Bob’s Red Mill. I could not have oatmeal for 7 yrs until I found Bob’s Gluten Free Oats. Thanks

Jolleen Washburn says:

OK, so here goes nothing (and thanks for the reminder that today was the last day to enter because I forgot!!!)

For entry #1, why I love oatmeal. Well that’s easy, IT’S YUMMMMMMY! =D

Entry #2 a link:
http://www.bobsredmill.com/blog/2009/11/18/apple-pie-oatmeal/
And I don’t “think” it’s yummy, I KNOW it is because I came up with the recipe years ago. The really cool thing about it is it’s a recipe that even my oatmeal hating hubby will eat AND enjoy.

Entry #3 fact about oatmeal – it’s awesome for not just the inside of your body but the outside too. I have horribly sensitive skin and suffer from many skin issues. Oatmeal baths and scrubs are a wonderful thing. Drug free, inexpensive and very versatile.

Entry 4 & 5 a haiku:
Coffee is good but,
A warm bowl of hot oatmeal
Really warms the soul.

Donna says:

I just love oatmeal because it is so filling and gives me the energy I need to get through the day… and it’s healthy and good for me and my family 🙂

Johanna says:

I eat oatmeal every morning! I never seem to tire of it, and topped with blueberries and sliced bananas, it keeps me feeling full longer than any other breakfast item! YUM!

Venera says:

Oats are a wonderful grain that you can eat as several different types of cereal, both hot and cold in the morning.

If you have hypoglycemia (like I do) or diabetes steel cut oats are very low on the glycemic index. That takes a lot of the hassle out of balancing carbs and proteins at breakfast.

Candice J says:

Oatmeal is a simple and healthy breakfast option. My toddler has fun inventing different oatmeal creations using nuts, dried fruits, spices, and even sprouts! We also use it in baking and health care…we <3 oatmeal in our family 🙂

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