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Just last week we posted a blog on the benefits of oatmeal and links to some tasty recipes. To continue the celebration, we wanted to host a giveaway! That’s right, we’re giving away a bunch of gluten-free oatmeal from Glutenfreeda! Enter for your chance to win below, good luck!
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Love Your Heart With Oats
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The oats found in oatmeal are a rich source of beta-glucans which provide a source of dietary fiber to the body. The beta-glucans found in oats and other grains such as barley and rye contain soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and can also regulate blood glucose levels due to the way it is digested in the body. The insoluble fiber helps keep your bowel movements regular! Beta-glucans have also been claimed to boost immunity.
5 Tips for Getting the Grains:
- Add oats to a cookie or muffin recipe.
- Include barely in soups and stews.
- Swap sprouted barely bread for other sandwich breads.
- Hide oats in your turkey meatloaf.
- Start your day with hot oat bran cereal and slivered almonds.
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Recipes to Rave About:
With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to share one of Laura’s recipes. These make a great addition to a holiday party or cookie exchange. What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe? Share with us in the comments below!
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Recipe by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE,CEDRD, CDN
*Originally published in Everyday Health
- ¾ cup canola oil
- 1 cup honey or agave nectar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup toasted chopped walnuts
- 1½ cups wheat germ
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup powdered fat-free milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the canola oil, honey, eggs, vanilla extract, raisins, chopped walnuts, wheat germ, and rolled oats.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and powdered milk.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ones until well-combined.
- Scoop out spoonfuls of the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Cookies will not spread much, so you don’t need to leave a lot of room between them.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until dry around the edges.
- Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Fruity Baked Oatmeal: A breakfast my kids adore!
By Adina Pearson, RDN
Breakfast has long been my kids’ best meal. And by best I mean they tend to have good appetites and rarely reject anything. It’s also the meal with the least variety, which my husband prefers and I do not. I had been wanting to try baked oatmeal for some time, but just never got around to it. Mostly because..let’s face it, baking always takes more time than a quick stove top boil and simmer. Plus at least half the time my husband takes care of our morning pot of porridge so why fix what isn’t broken, right?
But my desire for variety got the best of me one day and we found a breakfast dish that all four of us love.
The first time I made it, I decided to add fruit to the bottom of the pan.
It did not disappoint and turned out quite pretty if I do say so myself!
The fruit has varied based on what I had available. Usually blueberries and canned peaches. The first few times I made this our family of four ate through at least 3/4 of a 9×13 pan. It’s almost like a cobbler, but less rich and more breakfast-y.
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