January tends to come with resolutions for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. It only makes sense than that it is National Oatmeal Month. So grab that canister of oats and let’s get cooking for a healthier life. Here you’ll find what makes this grain so good for you, and recipes to kick off a healthier new year.
We all know oatmeal is good for us, but do you know just how good oats are? I realized I didn’t so did a little research – which isn’t hard thanks to google. Turns out oats are one of the most nutrient dense grains on the planet. They also happen to be pretty affordable, so there’s no need to spend tons of money on your new years resolutions.
So just what makes Oats so nutritious? Well, they are full of different vitamins, and are rich in carbs, fiber, protein, and fat. The fiber is especially important here as it plays in role in overall health from blood sugar levels to a healthy gut.
Have you ever wondered why oatmeal baths are recommended for things like chicken pox? Turns out oats are rich in antioxidants, but more specifically avenanthramides. This particular antioxidant which is almost solely found in oats contains anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties. Who knew?!
The following recipes all contain oats in some form. Oatmeal is not a favorite in our house, but there are certain recipes that we don’t just tolerate, we actually enjoy. Hopefully you’ll find some here too.
Oats in Oatmeal
The easiest way to eat more oats would be to make oatmeal. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, and my kids love those instant packets full of sugar. However, there are so many variations to make it, that if oatmeal like you knew as a kid just isn’t for you, then one of these is sure to tempt you to try it again.
Apple and Pear Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats from A Day In Motherhood
Caramelized Apple Oatmeal from Honest and Truly
Baked Banana and Blueberry Oatmeal from Food Folks and Fun
Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Clementine and Cocoa Overnight Oats from The Foodie and The Fix
Simple Vanilla Overnight Oats from Elephantastic Vegan
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups from My Crazy Good Life
Instant Pot Oatmeal with Chocolate from Recipes From a Pantry
Beyond the Oatmeal
Oatmeal is great and all, and definitely the fastest way to enjoy oats, but there are so many other amazing recipes. With kids who don’t really love grains, I find these are usually the best types of recipes to ease them into enjoying them. A little chocolate here, a little fruit there, soon they’ll never remember not loving it.
Easy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie from A Day In Motherhood
Yogurt Filled Oatmeal Cup from A Day In Motherhood
Oatmeal Pancakes from Love Bakes Good Cakes
All Natural Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Fitnancials
Healthy Oatmeal Muffins from Bren Did
Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins from Bren Did
Amish Oatmeal Pie from Tastes of Lizzy T
Oatmeal Energy Clusters from My Crazy Good Life
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars from Half-Scratched