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?


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 and announced on January 24th.


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!


JimA says:

Bob’s Red Mill Cereal’s are great for long bike rides. Keeps you fueled up. All cyclists should eat it!

We eat oatmeal 4 times per week. Here is what we do: 2 cups water on the stove, while it is heating, quarter, core and chop 1 Hood River pear or apple, when water is ready add 1 cup oats and 1 Tbls cinnamon, simmer 5 minutes and let rest 5 minutes. Pour over berries, bananas, peaches or other fruit, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, toasted sesame seeds, nancy’s yogurt, local honey and raisins. Works for us. Thank you for providing many of these produts. Cheers,

Julie Culver says:

mmm, i love oats!
yummy recipe:
You can use Oat flour to bread veggies.

Oats are delicious
And so good for you to boot!
Time for some oatmeal.

rebeca hovey says:

My son and I just love the basic oatmeal with bananas in the morning. XOXO everybody

Allison says:

Oatmeal warms me up in the winter, plain and simple.

Nessie says:

The thing I love the most about oatmeal is oatmeal cookies….. And hot oatmeal for breakfast with a little maple syrup and raisins! Yummmmm

I LOVE the Bob’s Red Mill GF Whole Grain Rolled Oats,I eat them several times a week with a little butter, diced apples and cinnamon, I’m looking for more, my store is currently out of stock of that item….

Michael Carroll says:

Bob’s has made me an oat man! As a life long cyclist (cross guy now/thanks for sponsoring USGP) I’ve sworn buy oats for a great breakfast that provides energy all day. For years I would force my self to choke down oats from the big Q and while they fueled me up they were far from a culinary experience. Then came Bob’s! I can chose from a variety of options and all have great flavor and are great fuel. You’ve made me a real oat man! Thanks…

Linda Jellison says:

I love oatmeal – it’s the easiest way to get charged up with energy! I put Bob’s Red Mill steelcut oats in the small crockpot & cook it overnight – then add agave, pecans, and cranberries, or apples, or bananas! Yum.

Peter Tobey says:

I have been eating oatmeal since I was a little tot.Which was ok.Then I discovered Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal this past year.Now I am hooked on it.Add a little Vermont maple syrup.Then I am good to go.I am eating oatmeal fives days a week. Just love it.

lilcg says:

love oatmeal–perfect for a breakfast that is truly satisfying and comforting

lilcg says:

I found this recipe a few years ago and still love them and make them regularly (chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie recipe from ghirardelli…)

lilcg says:

saturday morning
with brown sugar and butter
nothing is better

lilcg says:

oatmeal grows more easily in scotland than wheat which is why it is so popular there (that and, of course, it tastes yummy)

MC says:

Plain and simple: oatmeal reminds me of preschool (which was awesome). My dad often made oatmeal on days I had preschool, especially in the winter. Oatmeal always reminds me of being 4-years-old. 🙂

Bob Swider says:

trying to help me eat healthier, my wife picked them up and Bob’s Red Mill made a believer out of me. We eat them 2-3 times per week. She has even made oatmeal cookies that are out of this world. Who knew, eating healthy could taste so good.

melissa mattaen says:

Love oatmeal because is rich grains, warm and cozy, taste delicious, filled with fiber and filling…

Tanya says:

I love my oatmeal, every morning! It’s so healthy and fills me up. I have every kind you can think of: whole oat groats, soaked raw oat groats, steel cut, rolled….you can’t go wrong! We’re an oatmeal family 🙂

Tanya says:

These cookies are delicious…and healthy:

Tanya says:

Interesting Fact:

Did you know you can cook your whole oat groats in your rice cooker? Yep…I set them on “white rice” and set the timer to be cooked when I get up in the morning. You can make a bunch at once and store in the fridge for the week! So easy.

sarity says:

I make oatmeal every morning on my 3 days off a week and take it for my lunch on the 4 days I work.
It is an easy, healthy way to make time to spoil myself in a positive way. *love*

sarity says:

Haiku for Bob’s

Hot, steamy oatmeal
dressed with cranberries and milk
savor the moment

Jenn says:

Oatmeal is good for your heart

Lillian says:

I made a New Year’s resolution to try to lose weight. So far, so good. I find that eating oatmeal every morning keeps me full and focused for the better part of the day. I used to skip breakfast because I felt I never had the time to make myself something to eat before I started my day. Now I take the time to make myself some oatmeal and I’m glad I changed my way of thinking and eating. I’m determined to succeed at this.

Matt says:

I’ve eaten oats almost every morning since I can remember. Cold, with milk, fruit and yogurt. Hot rolled oats with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of cardamom. Steel-cut with a dollop of slightly sour Greek yogurt. I must have picked up the habit from my Scottish grandmother, but I can’t recall. All I can say is that every day begins with oatmeal. And the best days end with oatmeal-raisin cookies, too.

Matt says:

My favorite health-fact about oats, among the many, is that eating oats throughout the day actually increases their health benefits. Who can argue with that?

Matt says:

Coffee excites some people,
But I know what’s good:
Oats, at sunrise, in my bowl.

Matt says:

What aches me mornings
Are not January chills.
No, I long for oats.

Matt says:

Recipe: Rather simple, but worth it: Bob’s rolled oats (cooked as directed). Serve with a nice extra virgin olive oil, a bit of salt, and some fresh ground pepper. If you haven’t tried savory oats, you’re in for a treat!

Nicki says:

We love oatmeal and have it almost every morning before school. Today I emptied the end of our 25 lb bag into the jar. I love it because I know my children have a healthy start to the day.

Nicki says:

Baked oatmel, a great weekend breakfast…

Nicki says:

An interesting fact….

he oat is called a groat after the hull is removed.

Nicki says:

Eat oatmeal daily
Your insides will celebrate
Start stirring today

Nicki says:

Sunrise with oatmeal
Tousled hair shiny faces
Breakfast with loved ones

Kym says:

I am learning to live wheat free. Its confusing me. Its tricky. But at least I have good old oats. I KNOW them. I LOVE them 🙂

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