A Vote for Oats

Celebrating National Oatmeal Day in Style

Nothing says comfort food like a nice bowl of hot oatmeal on a chilly fall morning.

Creamy, nutty and a bit sweet, oats satiate and energize, bolstering your physical stamina and lightening your mood.

So if you are looking for a great excuse to cozy up with a healthful bowl of oatmeal, then you are in luck because National Oatmeal Day is just around the corner!

What Is National Oatmeal Day?

blueberryA staple in over 75 percent of American households, oatmeal is a long-time breakfast tradition and has been around for over a hundred years in the United States.

In fact, the Quaker Man – the image for the Quaker Oats Company – became a registered trademark in 1877, making it one of America’s first advertising mascots.

And oats have been enjoyed even longer in other parts of the world; the oldest known cultivated oats are believed to date back to the Bronze Age!

Given its important role in history, it makes sense that oatmeal has its very own holiday. Observed annually on October 29th, National Oatmeal Day has one simple goal: to celebrate the time-honored and delicious tradition of oatmeal.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Oatmeal

bowl of oatsBesides being delicious, oats are also considered one of the most nutritious breakfast foods that you can eat as they are low in saturated fat and sodium and have no cholesterol.

Oats are a good source of protein and dietary fiber and a very good source of manganese.

Among their health benefits, oats seem to:

  • Satisfy your hunger and make you feel full. Researchers in Australia found that oats ranked #3 overall for satiety and #1 in the breakfast category.
  • Lower bad cholesterol. Overweight men who ate oats for 12 weeks had lower LDL cholesterol levels than those eating wheat cereal (while their “good” HDL cholesterol remained unchanged.)
  • Help control blood pressure. Hypertensive and hyperinsulinemic men and women eating oats reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 7.5mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 5.5mm Hg.
  • Improve insulin sensitivity. In a clinical trial, 97 men and women who ate oats showed improvements in insulin sensitivity compared to the control group (whose insulin sensitivity remained unchanged.)
  • Help cut laxative use. Fifty-nine percent of nursing home residents getting 7-8 grams of oat bran each day were able to discontinue laxative use compared to an 8 percent increase in its use in the control group after just 6 weeks.

Eating Oats: Endless Possibilities

But it gets better. Oatmeal is great for your body and your taste buds, and it is also extremely versatile.

There are several different types of oats that you can choose from:

  • raspberryInstant Oats is a “convenience oat” because it has been diced to cook quickly in the microwave.
  • Old-Fashioned Oats are your typical oats that have been rolled and flattened and are the variety used in traditional oatmeal.
  • Steel-Cut Oats are non-rolled oats that are finely chopped and are a bit chewier in texture than old-fashioned oats.
  • Whole Oat Groats are the least processed oats, which have simply been harvested and cleaned. They also take the longest time to cook.

Plus, there are multiple ways to prepare oatmeal! The choices for toppings are endless, including everything from nuts and dried fruit to almond butter and maple syrup.

Wondering How to Celebrate National Oatmeal Day This Year?

Chef Rosane Oliveira and Breakfast Berry-Oatmeal BakeHere are some great ideas for acknowledging National Oatmeal Day:

  1. Enjoy a Bowl of Oats: Why not start the morning of National Oatmeal Day with a big bowl of oatmeal? Add some different toppings than you usually do to spice things up a little.
  2. Raise Awareness: Use the hashtag #NationalOatmealDay on social media to help spread the word about healthful oats.
  3. Try a New Oatmeal Recipe: National Oatmeal Day is the perfect excuse to try oats in a different way. While a bowl in the morning is traditional, why not upgrade your breakfast (or dessert!) with our recipe for Breakfast Berry-Oatmeal Bake? This delightful mix of fruits, nuts, and oats is sure to get your day off to a fabulous start.

Remember to incorporate oats into your regular diet after National Oatmeal Day too, to take full advantage of their nutritional bounty!