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Dietitian's Top Pick: Full Circle Instant Oatmeal


Happy National Oatmeal Month! We realize that there are only a few days left in January to celebrate but that doesn't mean you can't have oatmeal all year long. Full Circle Organic Instant Oatmeal is one of our Dietitian's Top Picks because of it's outstanding NuVal score (that 91 laying on top of 2 octagons in the picture above).

If you aren't familiar with NuVal scores here's a quick run down. Over 15,000 items in our Market Street stores have been scored by a 3rd (non-biased) party. They take all the nutrition and ingredients and enter them into an algorithm. It provides a number 1-100, the higher the score the better the nutrition. These scores are then printed on our price tags.

In honor of National Oatmeal Month here are a few fun facts about oatmeal (provided by the Whole Grains Council):
  • An 18-ounce package of old fashioned oats contains about 26,000 rolled oats.
  • Early attempts to promote oats as a good food for people – not just for horses – prompted editorials and cartoons poking fun at oat-eaters as likely to develop a whinny. Still, only 5% of oats grown worldwide are consumed by humans today.
  •  Oats are naturally gluten-free, but may be contaminated with gluten during growing and processing. Look for oats certified gluten-free if you are sensitive to gluten
Here are a few benefits of eating oatmeal regularly (provided by the Whole Grains Council):
  • Eating oats helps lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Oats help you feel fuller longer, which helps control your weight.

  • Oatmeal and oats may help lower blood pressure.

  • Oats may help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, since their soluble fiber helps control blood sugar.
A few creative ways to eat your oats:
  • Make hot oatmeal and add a scoop of peanut/almond butter. It tastes like an oatmeal peanut butter cookie!
  • Use dry oatmeal in your smoothie as a natural (and high fiber) thickener
  •   Use dry oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs in recipes like meatloaf or crab cakes. 
Do you have a creative way you use oatmeal?

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