Oats, Heart Health, & Quaker

Oats play a regular role in our diet. Not only do I regularly make oatmeal or granola for breakfast, but I like to include quick oats in my baking. It’s an easy way to add whole grains to cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, and breads.

I’m having fun experimenting, too. Hubs loves homemade granola bars in his lunches. The kids are taken with my oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes. And I’m even working on an energy bar recipe with oats, oat flour, and lots of dried fruit. Yum!

In fact, for our family, oats have become a substitute for cold cereals. I just have not found the screaming deals on boxed cereal that I once did. And since my kids can easily eat through two boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk in one meal, it hasn’t proven to be a cost effective breakfast without the deals. Though, the convenience is certainly missed!

Cooking with Oats

Instead, I’ve focused on filling my pantry with raw materials, including oat flour, quick oats, and old-fashioned oats. Then I spend some time, instead of money, on turning those ingredients into homemade convenience foods. Here are some of our favorites:

Watching Your Heart

A little over a year ago, hubs and I started learning about how to be a little more “heart healthy.” There is a wealth of conflicting information out there, so don’t take my word for it.

But one of the things that I was able to pull from my research was that whole grains are helpful in weight loss, in feeling satiated which helps you not to overeat, in lowering cholesterol, and in improving overall heart health.

Even though we haven’t quite reached middle age, we both think that watching weight, monitoring our cholesterol levels, and eating better is a good thing. It’s getting ourselves to the doctor that can be tricky.

Quaker Oats & Power in Numbers

Currently, Quaker Oats has partnered with Supervalu grocery stores to offer free cholesterol screenings when you purchase three participating products in one transaction. The program is called Power in Numbers and ends next weekend on March 27th. Supervalu stores include Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh, and Jewel-Osco.

It’s a great opportunity to add heart healthy products to your pantry and check up on your cholesterol.

You can visit the Power in Numbers website to learn more about what those numbers mean and how to make changes in your diet and your overall lifestyle to improve your health, especially your heart.

Oats have proven to a very tasty addition to our pantry. Not only are they filling and delicious, but I feel good feeding my family whole grains.

How do YOU include oats in your diet?

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored partnership between myself and Quaker Oats. I have been compensated for my time and writing but my opinions are my own. Quaker is a brand that I regularly buy and feel good about feeding to my family.

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  1. I want to use more oats in our diet. Where do you find the best prices on oats? We just got a Whole Foods near us, and they have a bulk bin. I’m a member at BJ’s, but they don’t seem to be a good deal… Any suggestions?

  2. I love oatmeal! We make it with a trick I learned from my dad – while the water is boiling, add a bag of your favorite spice tea to the water. The spices in the tea will cook into the oats, giving them a lot more flavor.

  3. Where can I find the recipe for those yummy looking granola bars?

  4. Our new favorite bread recipe is Honey Oat Bread with quick oats. I, too, have a hard time finding inexpensive oats. We are not near Sam’s or Costco.

    I really want to find your recipe for granola bars. I have a great recipe for granola but the bars never come out right…they just crumble apart.

  5. I add 1/4 cup quick oats to every pound of ground beef when I make sloppy joes. So far no one in the family has noticed. (I also add very finely chopped kale). My family claims to not like oats (texture thing for dh…can’t do hot oatmeal for some reason), but I add oats to most baked goods. I figure every little bit helps!

  6. I’d love your recipe for chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes!

  7. Stacia Jahnke says:

    Like Stacey, I add about 1 cup of quick oats to my sloppy joes. It helps thicken it so it’s ‘not so sloppy’ :) as well as the added nutrition. I also use oats in my meatloaf and meatballs. No one has complained!!

  8. This is NOT Jessica’s granola bars pictured, but we like them alot. I totally copied this recipe for Cooking During Stolen Moments. I make these, cool, cut and wrap in plastic wrap to store in the freezer. My kids can then zap in the microwave and have a great snack or easy breakfast. Hope you enjoy them.

    http://lovebeinginthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/09/ultimate-recipe-swap-snacks.html

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