Superfood: Oats

The use of oats spans from breakfast to dinner and from sweet to savory. They are highly nutritious and packed with fiber.

  • Superfood: Oats
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Oxmoor House

    Superfood: Oats

    Oats are a highly nutritious food packed with fiber. While most of us are familiar with oatmeal, there are actually a variety of different types of oats and their uses span from breakfast to dinner and from sweet to savory. The differences in oats are found in the ways that they are processed.

  • Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit

    Overwhelmed by the wall of expensive cereals at the grocery store? Try making your own at home with this simple recipe packed with healthy ingredients such as oats, barley and wheat germ. At only 185 calories and 4 grams of fiber per serving, you won't miss the boxed brands.
  • Pear Crisp with Oat Streusel Topping
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross

    Pear Crisp with Oat Streusel Topping

    A diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as oats, and fruit offers significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women. Just one serving of this sweet dessert featuring juicy pears and golden raisins offers almost 7 grams of fiber.
  • Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro

    Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

    Oats are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oatmeal cookies are a classic favorite and this version with buttery toffee bits is sure to become a popular recipe in your household.
  • Simple Chicken and Oat Groat Soup
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Simple Chicken and Oat Groat Soup

    This twist on a classic comfort food uses oat groats to add a nutty flavor. Oat groats are minimally processed – only the outer hull of the grain is removed. They are very nutritious, but they are also chewy and need to be soaked and cooked a long time, making them the perfect addition to soup.
  • Muesli
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Muesli

    Oats are a good source of zinc, which helps maintain a healthy immune system. Combined with fiber-rich dried fruit, heart-healthy nuts and the sweetness of brown sugar, this muesli is the ideal breakfast to jumpstart your day.
  • Aloha Oatmeal
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Aloha Oatmeal

    Steel cut oats lend a nutty flavor to this tropical breakfast dish. Steel cut oats are created by cutting the whole raw oat into smaller chunks. Because of their minimal processing, steel cut oats contain slightly more vitamins and minerals, however, they also take the longest time to cook.
  • Oatmeal Knots
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Howard L. Puckett; Lydia Degaris-Pursell; Martha Condra

    Oatmeal Knots

    These soft dinner rolls have a slightly sweet, nutty flavor that will have everyone at the table asking for seconds. Packed with omega-3-rich flaxseed meal and magnesium-rich oats, both important ingredients for maintaining a healthy heart and strong bones, these knots will soon be a staple at your table.
  • Pistachio Granola
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Pistachio Granola

    Packed with energy rich ingredients like dried fruit and nuts, granola is a great choice for breakfast or a snack when you're on the go. When purchasing oats, keep in mind that they have a slightly higher fat content than other grains and will go rancid more quickly, so buy small quantities of oats at one time and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. Oats will keep for approximately two months.
  • Individual Salsa Meat Loaves
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Photo: Oxmoor House

    Individual Salsa Meat Loaves

    Increase the fiber in meat loaf by using quick-cooking oats as a binder instead of breadcrumbs.
  • Baked Oatmeal
    By: Jaime Harder Caldwell, M.A., R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin

    Baked Oatmeal

    Try baked oatmeal for a unexpected morning treat. It's a mix between an oatmeal bar and traditional creamy breakfast oatmeal. At less than 300 calories per serving, it's the perfect start to a healthy day.

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