Benefits of Eating Oats:

–   Reduces total cholesterol levels

– Reduces blood sugar and insulin response

– Increased feeling of fullness

– Great source of fiber

– Helps lose weight


How to Cook/Use Oats

The first thing you think to use oats for is oatmeal, of course.  It is a great breakfast to start the day with but there are so many other uses for oats.  Now, if you are sitting there thinking, “But carbs are bad for me.”, just remember not ALL carbs are bad for you.  Oats are 100% whole grain and gluten free.  It doesn’t matter if you are overweight, skinny, have diabetes, or something else, you can eat oats!

Overnight Oats *AAOO edition


– 1/2 cup of oats

– 1 banana (mashed)

– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

– 1/4 cup of mixed nuts

– 1/4 cup of blueberries

– 1/2 cup of milk (we use almond or soy milk)

– 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon


– Mash a banana and put in the bottom of a mason jar

– Pour oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, mixed nuts, blueberries, milk, and cinnamon

– Seal mason jar and refrigerate overnight (You don’t have to refrigerate overnight but it’s better if you do)

– Now eat cold or heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds

Doesn’t seem like a lot but this will fill you up and have you feelin’ good!

Oat Energy Bars


– 2 cups of rolled oats

– 2 bananas (mashed)

– 2 carrots (grated)

– 1 apple (grated)

– 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

– 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 in baking dish

-In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients

– Spread mixture into dish

– Bake in preheated oven until golden brown for about 20 minutes

Healthy snack in between meals to fight temptations to eat bad snacks

Trail Mix Balls


– 1/3 cup of honey

– 2 tablespoons of water

– 1/3 cup of peanut butter

– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

– 3/4 cup crisp rice cereal

– 3/4 cup of rolled oats

– 1/3 cup of dried fruit bits

– 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

– 1/4 cup of peanuts

– 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds


-Combine honey and water into a small saucepan and cook over low heat stirring occasionally until the honey liquefies

– Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla.  Whisk until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth

– In a large bowl, combine the rice cereal, rolled oats, fruit bits, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and sesame seeds

– Pour honey mixture over the cereal mixture and stir

– Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours

– Take the mix and form into small balls

– Serve chilled

Can you say healthy appetizer?

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