Loads of Oats

National Oatmeal Month and a Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Health, Whole Grains 101

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!

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287 Responses to “National Oatmeal Month and a Giveaway”

  1. I love oatmeal because it nourishes my husband. I make him oatmeal every morning, with a little less water than the recipe says, to make it extra light and fluffy.

    I add cinnamon, a little chopped nuts, and some chopped apple slices. I pack it in his lunch bucket, and off he goes.

    I love oatmeal because it is nutritious. I like knowing he is eating something healthy once he gets to work and starts his workday.

  2. Here’s my favorite oatmeal recipe for recovery after lifting weights, from the December 2010 issue of Oxygen magazine:

    1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    2 egg whites
    1/3 cup low-fat, low-sodium cottage cheese

    1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If batter is still thick, add another egg white. Refrigerate batter for 3 minutes while heating a pan over medium heat.
    2. Pour a third of the batter into pan. When it starts to bubble gently flip and cook other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

  3. Heather Stepniewski

    I love oatmeal so much I ate my siblings oatmeal growing up. Now my kids love oatmeal. A special favorite are fried oatmeal cakes. Delish.

  4. I love oatmeal in the morning because it gives me enough energy to get through my morning workout…when I just eat a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast, my energy goes FAST!

  5. I think of oatmeal as a comfort food, I can be eating a bowl of oatmeal and remember a time sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen eating a warm bowl with my grandfather. Although I prefer to eat my oats with pumpkin nuts and some cinnamon,I find myself sometimes mixing my toast in with it just as my granfather showed me when I was young.

  6. I love eating Bob’s extra thick rolled oats for breakfast almost every morning, with chopped hazelnuts, dried cherries/blueberries/raisins and milk.

  7. I love oatmeal because it’s inexpensive, easy to prepare, very versatile, good for you, and keeps you full.

  8. I ALWAYS add 1/4-1/3 cup of rolled oats to my bread recipes. I find the bread stays moister (and, of course, tastes delicious!).

  9. I absolutely love oats – especially when mixed with flax seed. They are so filling, without being heavy, and are so versatille (i.e., they can be prepared sweet, savory, etc).

    One of my favorite recipes is the Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats cooked with bananas, coconut milk and a little honey.

  10. I love starting my day off eating oatmeal right now I’ve been adding pumpkin and flax along w/ the pumpkin pie spices yum. I feel more satisfied compared to eating cereal. My kids start their day off right too by eating oatmeal.

  11. I just love how versatile and satisfying oats are because they fuel me up for long days and allow me to never get tired of my options!

  12. Favorite Oatmeal Recipe:

    1 cup steel cut oats
    4 cups water
    1/2 cup fat free half and half
    1 cup dried fruit (your choice)

    Put all ingredients in a crock pot on low for 8 hours. Holy Yum!!

  13. “Oats have historically elicited strong opinions. The ancient Romans turned up their noses at the “coarse, barbarian fare” of their northern neighbors. They considered oats to be a diseased version of wheat.
    Centuries later, Samuel Johnson expressed disdain for the Scots’ predilection for oats, defining them in his dictionary as “a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.”

    Perhaps the Romans should have tried oats themselves; as John Williams notes in “A Brief History of Oats,” the Romans were never able to conquer the oat-eating Scots, and were ultimately overrun by oat-eating Germanic tribes.”

    Interesting facts about oats found at http://www.hampdenparkcoop.com

  14. Certified gluten-free oats have given me back my favorite breakfast since finding out I had celiac’s…Thank you!!!!

  15. I love oatmeal because it keeps me filled all morning and it can be changed to taste like whatever I feel like. I can really add anything I want to it! It’s a very flexible breakfast food!

  16. My favorite breakfast is Bob’s Organic Steel Cut Oats cooked with toasted almonds, dried cherries, yogurt, and a little bit of honey or maple syrup.

  17. If I have my oatmeal with bananas, raisins, walnuts and dried cranberries, I can hike all morning and not be tired or hungry until lunch time!! Love my oats!

  18. I love to start my day off with oatmeal. I can throw in pretty much any type of fruit and have a delicious meal that will keep me full for hours!

  19. I think oatmeal’s fun because it provides a good base to experiment from. You can mix it with any number of things and cook it any number of ways according to your taste to create something yummy, nutritious, and feeling! =)

  20. I love my Bob’s oatmeal every morning because I can add different ingredients every day for a regular but varied healthy breakfast! Some days I add blueberries, others raisins and dates, others bananas, apples etc. I always add Bob’s ground flaxseed to it as well. Yum!

  21. oats to fight the cold
    grasp the warm bowl and I eat
    ready for battle

    and,

    slice a banana
    he said and showed me the way
    best way to eat ‘em

  22. I love oatmeal because it’s inexpensive, easy to prepare, very versatile, good for you, comes gluten-free and keeps you full.

    one of my favorite recipes:
    http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1910,147171-254193,00.html
    SUPER SIMPLE OATMEAL COOKIES
    1 c. butter, softened
    1 c. brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 c. flour
    2 1/3 c. oatmeal
    1 c. nuts, chocolate chips, raisins
    Blend butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Add baking soda, flour, oatmeal and/or nuts.
    Bake at 350°F. for 9 minutes.

    my favorite way to make oatmeal is with honey, walnuts, Greek yogurt,blueberries, and pinch of chill powder.

  23. I love oatmeal because I am a professional athlete who needs nutritious healthy food to energize my body.

  24. Interesting fact about oats:

    Steel-cut oats (also know as pinhead oats, Scotch oats, or Irish oats) are the inner parts of the oat kernel (or groats) that have been cut into two or three pieces. They’re much less processed than rolled oats (a.k.a. old-fashioned oatmeal), which have been steamed, flattened with a roller, re-steamed, and toasted. Quick-cooking and instant oats have been processed even further; though both are technically a whole grain because they contain all of the bran, germ, and endosperm of whole oats, they are digested more quickly than steel-cut and rolled oats. Also, instant oats tend to be packaged with salt and sugar, making them a very processed food.
    Source:
    http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2008/02/oatmeal-its-whats-for-breakfast.html

  25. Darren Pennington

    I’m a 50 year old cyclist and runner. My Oatmeal mornings fuel my workouts. I love oatmeal.

  26. I love oatmeal because its delicious and nutritious in all of its glorious forms, whether it be in a bowl, or in a cookie, or in a smoothie, and the list goes on and on!

  27. I love oatmeal because it is so versatile! Especially when you consider the full range of products – from quick-cooking to steel cut. Granola, porridge, cookies, bread… it does so much!