(Family Features) - Start the New Year with a celebration of America's most beloved 100% whole grain, natural rolled oats. Why? Because January is Oatmeal Month! The month when we buy - and eat - the most oatmeal.
Warm up a chilly morning by serving the family a great-tasting bowl of Creamy Maple Cranberry Oatmeal. Tangy dried cranberries and rich maple-flavored syrup add a new and tasty twist to this breakfast favorite. Not only does a touch of wheat germ stirred in just before serving add crunch and an extra nutritional boost, it perfectly complements the wholesome nutty flavor of oats making this a dish the whole family will love.
But taste isn't the only reason Quaker Oats has been a family favorite for more than 130 years - oats are also a good source of fiber. Research shows people who eat more fiber are more likely to have a healthy weight.* Since fiber helps slow digestion, people feel full after an oatmeal breakfast and stay satisfied longer.
And remember, old fashioned oats, quick oats, steel cut oats and instant oatmeal are all whole grain oat products. Because all three parts of the grain remain after milling, they all provide the same nutrients in the same amounts. The only difference is how the grain is cut, steamed and rolled - and this only affects cooking time and texture.
Think of oatmeal as your blank breakfast canvas and get creative with sweets and spices and flavorful fruits, nuts and crunchies! For additional recipe ideas and fun facts regarding Oatmeal Month, visit www.quakeroatmeal.com.
* Comparison of body mass index (BMI) and serum cholesterol concentration by quartiles of dietary fiber consumption in adults: the third National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES III, 1988-94). Obes Res 2000; 8:106S (abstr).