9/9/14

Potluck Tuesday: A New Spin on Oats


 

We've all heard how important breakfast is and since September is Breakfast, what better time to start the day off right. Did you know...

Breakfast:
- approximately 1 out of 5 Americans skip breakfast
- eating breakfast may help with better cognitive function and school performance in kids
- getting more protein at breakfast, as part of a diet higher in protein, can help curb hunger - it's currently the meal with the least amount of protein consumed
- a serving of oatmeal made with milk is an affordable choice, averaging just $0.37

So if you want to include oatmeal for breakfast, how do you know which kind to choose?
Making sense of different types of oats:



Steel cut oats
  • Cut, and not rolled, for a full and hearty texture
  • 40 gram serving
  • 40 grams whole grain
  • 4 grams fiber
Old Fashioned Oats
  • Traditional rolled oats
  • 40 gram serving
  • 40 grams whole grain
  • 4 grams fiber
Quick Oats
  • Cooks in one minute
  • 40 gram serving
  • 40 grams whole grain
  • 4 grams fiber
Instant Oats
  • Cut finer to cook faster
  • 40 gram serving
  • 39 grams whole grain
  • 4 grams fiber


Here's a really great (and easy) breakfast you can make the night before.

Overnight Oatmeal
Ingredients: 
1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup low-fat yogurt
1 tsp honey or other sweetener
1/4 cup applesauce or chopped dried apples
Pinch of cinnamon

Directions:
In an 8 oz (or larger) jar with a lid, combine all ingredients. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Eat chilled.

Nutrition Facts:
290 calories
3.5 gram fat
52 grams carbohydrates
4 grams fiber
15 grams protein

Get creative with your overnight oatmeal. Let us know how you'd dress up your overnight oatmeal.

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