My attention this month has been bought to an article I found written by Lisa McCoy, who is a family and consumer sciences educator with the University of Maryland Extension in Washington County. This article also explains a bit more about GF Oats.
She was sharing that January is National Oatmeal Month in the USA. Fancy that, a month dedicated to this little grain.
I love some of the comments she made in the article and have shared them below.
Many people think of oatmeal as a cold-weather food, but it is a great addition to diets all year long. Oatmeal is a whole grain that provides soluble fibre. It is an important source of nutrients such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, magnesium and selenium.
Common types of Oats available
There are different types of oatmeal available in grocery stores. Some of the most popular types include steel-cut oats, rolled oats and instant oatmeal.
Steel-cut oats, also called Scotch oats or Irish oats, are natural, unrefined oats that are cut into pieces by steel blades. They take longer to cook than rolled oats and have a nutty, more robust flavour.
Rolled oats have been steamed and rolled flat. The process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats so they stay fresh longer, and helps them cook faster. These are the old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats on grocery-store shelves.
Instant oatmeal is more processed because the oats have been rolled out thinner and steamed longer so they take less time to cook. Instant oatmeal usually has added salt, sugar and flavouring, so read the labels carefully.
I agree with Lisa’s suggestion to Store oatmeal in a cool, dry place in a covered container and use it within one year. I would also suggest storing the GF Oats in the freezer or refrigerator. This extends the best before date and maintains the freshness of the product.
Oatmeal is most commonly eaten as a hot cereal. Add your own twist by adding fruit like bananas, raisins, strawberries, frozen blueberries or peaches. Add some nuts, like almonds or walnuts, or stir in some peanut butter to add some healthy protein. Make pumpkin-pie oatmeal by adding pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg to the oats. Use your imagination to make your own creation.
Add oatmeal to cookies, muffins, bread, desserts and in place of breadcrumbs in meatloaf.
Oats are a versatile whole grain that can be a healthy addition to diets in a variety of ways.
GF Oats are the Oats that you can trust!
We test each batch independently that comes in from the USA. They are packaged in certified facilities to once again protect the purity of the oats. Even though we are unable to label this product Gluten Free at the moment, we are committed to delivering a product that is completely uncontaminated. We have many recipes on our blog that you can try.