Three Cheers for Oatmeal!

Posted on January 29th, 2018

 

January is National Oatmeal Month. We thought what better way to celebrate than to compete in a national competition to promote oatmeal. Retail Dietitians Business Alliance and Quaker Oatmeal teamed up to encourage retail dietitians to promote oatmeal in meals and educate on its benefits. We created oatmeal videos and shared recipes. That is why you have seen more oatmeal lately on our Facebook, Reasor’s Healthy Living. Well guess what???? We WON! What did we win? This beauty right here…

                       

This adorable Millery Truck was delivered to our Bixby location and we created three exciting days of recipes to sample to our customers. The truck was a hit with children. Many grabbing a quick photo op just like our dietitians seen here. This truck is fully functional as a vehicle and can provide hot and cold recipes simultaneously. We hope you were able to stop by and sample our delicious days of oats. If you missed it, here is a recap. And stay tuned for other events that we have scheduled in the future!

                               

Grab Your Coats for Overnight Oats

Thursday was all about overnight oats. Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats to be exact. Overnight oats are typically served cold, but the preparation is easy! You gather all your ingredients. Put them in a glass, jar, cup, etc. the night before and the milk and/or yogurt softens the oatmeal and melds all the flavors together. The next morning you stir and voila! Now these recipes are typically served cold, but this recipe can be heated up the next morning if you prefer warm oats. It’s also super versatile so you can swap raspberries for another fruit or try another nut besides almonds. The key is that you are getting your whole grain in at breakfast. For the recipe in it’s entirety, please contact one of your dietitians here and we would be glad to send it to you.

Oat of this World Experience

Day two brought more of an education piece.  Although we served traditional warm oats with several topping choices, our focus was on teaching the difference between traditional rolled oats and steel cut oats.

Rolled oats are what most are used to. Flat flakes that we add to boiling water or milk. Add some butter, brown sugar, milk, berries and you have a delish breakfast. Quick cook oats are a version of rolled oats.

Steel cut oats still provide all the valuable nutrients as rolled oats, but are of a coarser texture.  It literally is the way they are cut that makes the difference. These oats tend to take longer to cook, but altogether create a different taste to your palate.

See the source image    See the source image

What set this day apart was our sensory experience.  We wanted for all of our customers, young and old, to be able to see and feel the difference between the two oats. Bins of each oat were available for running through your fingers to feel the texture. Each oat was also available to sample as well. When children are taught about healthy nutrition early and in a way they can understand, they are more apt to eat healthier into adulthood, especially if they are included in the shopping and cooking process as well. That is why this day was important to us.

Dine with the Dietitians

Our third and final day was all about enjoying a new oatmeal recipe and chatting with your Registered Dietitians. We sampled one of our recipes from our video promotions, Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal and it seemed to be a hit.

                

We enjoy meeting and talking with our customers. You are the reason we do what we do. We are passionate about nutrition education and that healthy eating is attainable and affordable. Three cheers for Oatmeal! Here’s to February!

Sarah Cortese, RD/LD is a Reasor’s Registered Dietitian. She enjoys baking, watching sports and overnight oatmeal! Sarah offices out of the the 41st & Yale location and also offers Dietitian Services at our Brookside, 15th & Lewis and both Owasso locations.

 

* Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy diet. Reasor’s Registered Dietitian’s opinions and recommendations are of their own; they are not paid to endorse any products.*