Get ready to fall in love with oats all over again! Why you should eat oats, how to cook them to perfection in your pressure cooker, and a giveaway all discussed below!
I've got an all new, month long series for you! If you've been around here long, you know I love a good series (Extracts, Gifts Series, Yogurt Button Lovin', Soup, Crusty Breads etc), I just can't be stopped.
Since February is the official Heart Health Month, I'm rolling out a series that will make all of our cardiovascular systems run more smoothly. I'm declaring February the official TIDBITS month for all things Oats!!! Totally deserving of 3 exclamation points and I couldn't be more excited about the incredible oatmeal recipes I'm sending your way.
Bob's Red Mill will be sponsoring this month's Oats series and I'm thrilled as can be to be working with them. I love working with brands that make eating healthy easier. Bob's Red Mill has a huge variety of products that are wholesome, whole grain, and for those who need it, certified gluten free. They have also offered to do a giveaway at the end of this month to one very lucky individual. The winner will get variety pack of oatmeal delivered to their doorstep along with a $50 gift card to the Bob's Red Mill website. Awesome, right?!
To jive with this Breakfast theme, I'll be squeezing in a couple extra breakfast recipes here and there this month that my family absolutely loves. What do you think? Are you excited? Cuz I'm excited! Let's do this!
To kick it off, let me give you 5 important reasons why you should eat oats. Oats are considered to be a powerhouse food for good reason and I'm thrilled to put on my Practitioner hat for just a few moments here to convince you to get more of them in your life!
5 Reasons Oats need to be a Part of Your Day
Oats are 100% Whole Grain
Whole grain (whether it be wheat, oats, rice, etc) means that the nutrient rich bran and germ parts of the grain haven't been removed like in all-purpose white flour, white rice, etc. This means more vitamins, minerals, and overall fiber. Oats are also one of the most versatile gluten free whole grains for substitutions in pancakes, muffins, cookies, etc. Just be sure to look for labels that say “Gluten Free” since some oats are made on the same machines that package grains that contain gluten.
Oats Decrease LDL AKA Bad Cholesterol
Studies show that regular intake of oatmeal can decrease risk of heart disease, which is likely related to its ability to lower LDL/Bad Cholesterol. High LDL's increase the risk of heart disease in the form of strokes and heart attacks so keeping those numbers low is very important.
Oats are Good for the Belly
Oats are loaded with soluble fiber which means healthier digestion, more regular bowels, and an increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract. With our busy, stressful lifestyles, our bellies can really take a hit. Regular intake of Oats can help prevent or treat these issues.
Oats are Filling
Oats do an amazing job filling your bellies and keeping you satisfied for several hours. Oats digest slowly and steadily to give you more stable glucose levels and longer lasting energy. Because of these benefits, oats have also shown to help with weight loss by increasing a feeling of satiety (satisfied fullness).
Oats are Easy to Make
Not only are oats a total powerhouse, but they are also so easy to prep, cook, and eat! You can make them in a microwave, on the stove top, in the oven, or of course, my favorite, in your pressure cooker. You can eat them hot in a bowl, crunchy on top of yogurt, or on-the-go in the form of a bar. Seriously, there is not a more convenient whole grain out there!
And if all of that is not enough, then how about the fact that they are just straight up delicious!
and my families favorite, Peaches and Cream Steel Cut Oats
For the series this month I'm going to cover recipes for the most commonly used varieties.
These oats take the longest to cook and are basically just chopped up oat groat (which is what's found in the hull of the oat grain). They have a deliciously chewy and creamy texture and have been an ever-increasing favorite over the past few years.
These oats are what you get after the oat groat has been steamed and rolled which means they come to us thinner and partially cooked. They maintain some chew when eaten as your morning oatmeal but they are also great for baked goods and granola.
Quick oats are steamed and rolled the same as Old Fashioned Oats, but are even thinner and more broken down. This means a very quick cook time and very little texture or chew once prepared.
Wait, There's More!
While these are the 3 most common forms of oats consumed by us all, there are more varieties of oats I still plan on exploring and sharing, like the ones pictured here. I especially love these Extra Thick Rolled Oats for making granola and I use the Oat Groats for making oat flour in my Nutrimill (more on milling grains here)
Ultimate Guide to Perfect Pressure Cooked Oats
I've got some incredible oat recipes to come for you this month, but in the meantime, here is your Ultimate Guide to Perfect Pressure Cooked Oats. My family ate A LOT of oatmeal this past month to get this chart perfected! Follow this chart and your oats will be perfectly cooked every time without any bottom of the pot scorching or waterlogged, undercooked breakfasts. Credit for this chart goes out to my girl Brittany. She's helped me out with a few of these projects lately and her work is incredible!
For a handy printable version of this chart, click here to subscribe to this here blog. When you subscribe you will get a link and a password to gain access to my brand new TIDBITS Library! This “library” only has 2 items at the moment (oats and yogurt), but I'm excited to keep adding to it. Check it out!
Giveaway is now over
Finally, the Bob's Red Mill Giveaway! Up for grabs is a $50 gift card to the Bob's Red Mill Website as well as an Oats Goodie Bag that will be delivered right to your door. Simply answer the question on each Bob's Red Mill sponsored post this month, and you will gain yourself an entry into the giveaway. I will reveal the winner in the final Bob's Red Mill post on Thursday March 1st. Question of the Day: What is your favorite oatmeal topping? Leave your answer in the comments below.
Mine will forever and ever be a combination of peaches and raspberries. Yum!
More Oat recipes and giveaway questions to come next week!
Be sure and Pin and share this ultimate Perfect Pressure Cooking Chart with your friends and family! Their hearts will love you for it ❤❤❤
Tools/Food Used to Make Perfect Pressure Cooker Oats (AKA Instant Pot)
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