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Oats, not just for horses anymore!

Have you had your bowl of oatmeal today?

Oatmeal , for  a lot  people, is the staple food for breakfast . But , sad to say , I don’t enjoy those mushy flakes! I grew up on Cream of Wheat cereal and lots of eggs, so because I  don’t like it,  I don’t serve it like I should. It sounds so healthy , ya know.

I did find another form of oats that I do like and that is Steel Cut Oats. Its basically an oat groat cut into 2-3 pieces. Tho’ it takes extra cooking time (15-20 minutes)  they are worth it! I like them because its like eating tiny pieces of rice (same texture, maybe??) and you can top them with all kinds of yummy topping: cinnamon, nuts, fruit, use your imagination.

I found a recipe online that i’d like to try sometime. Doesn’t it look delicious?


Here are some interesting “Oat Facts”:

Since the beginning of time, oats has mostly been consumed by humans and animals alike. It was considered a weed like plant, never being as popular as wheat and barley.

The oldest known cultivated oats was found in a cave in Switzerland. Makes me wonder how it got there! Oats didn’t come to North America till the 1600′s, and then it wasn’t even on the mainland, instead being grown on an island off of the coast of Massachusetts.

The United States is one of the leading counties to produce oats, ( which is a good thing in my opinion) ,tho’ some states are producing less since 2000, because of growing a more profitable crop, soybeans. I love eating USA grown products!

Now for the good stuff!

Oats have received a lot of attention for their ability for reducing cholesterol, and being heart- healthy!  They also add fiber . There are many ways you can get the goodness of oats in your diet.
…From oat bran , oat groats, steel cut,  quick cook, regular oats, thick and probably more that I mentioned here!

Here are some ideas for using them and  getting  some oats into your kiddos (if they don’t like oats). Disguise it !

-Add the bran in homemade bread

-mix some into meat loaf

- make fruits crisps, add lots of oats in your topping

So even tho’ I don’t feed my family oatmeal in the mornings, I make sure they get their oats in the form of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!  :)  That counts , doesn’t it?

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  • Arla says:

    Since going gluten free, we use a lot of oats at our house. Blended oats takes the place of graham crackers in a pie crust. Today I made a yummy batch of cookies with lots of oats and a little flax meal. They were perfect chewy chocolate chip cookies. (Don’t know why nobody told me about flax meal before. It’s sweet and smart for crusts and cookies as well.) We eat baked oatmeal. Oats take the place of crackers or breadcrumbs in meat loaf or burgers, as well. And it comes in huge bulk bags…the only way to keep enough of it on hand for awhile at this house.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:46 am
    • Sharon says:

      Got a question for you. How is it that you can tolerate oats? Do you buy the gluten free ones or is it that they have low gluten in the first place? What is the difference?

      March 26, 2013 at 6:16 am
      • Arla says:

        Lots of people assume that if we are allergic to wheat proteins (gluten in wheat) that we will also be allergic to the glutens in oats, and that is true for some people. But there are a few of us who get to substitute with oats or corn without any problems. There are theories out there about the huge rise in the instances of wheat intolerances and allergies and it is VERY hard to discern quack from science when you try to learn about it on the web. I am so happy to feel well again just by choosing to avoid wheat. When medical science catches up with what is happening in the real world and is willing to spend the time and money to do proper research I will be the first to congratulate them. Until then I am left to my own trial and error conclusions, I guess.

        March 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

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