Five reasons to try old-fashioned oats:

1. Whole-grain oats and oat bran may help lower blood cholesterol. One bowl of old-fashioned oats provides two grams of oat-soluble fiber.

2. Adding fiber to your diet can help keep you regular – and oats are a good place to start.

3. Most experts recommend eating at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day from grains, fruits and vegetables to help support a healthy digestive system. And one serving of oats provides four of those grams.

4. Whole-grain oats are a complex carbohydrate with nutritional benefits. A bowl of cooked oatmeal breaks down to become energy that's slowly absorbed by your body.

6. Old-fashioned oats provide five grams of protein per serving. Start your day off with a bowl of oatmeal topped with your favorite fruit.

 

Banana Bread Oatmeal

All you need:

3 cups nonfat milk

3 tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

3 cups Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats, uncooked

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)

2 tbsps. coarsely chopped toasted pecans

Plain or vanilla non-fat yogurt (optional)

Banana slices (optional)

Pecan halves (optional)

All you do:

In a medium saucepan, bring milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg to gentle boil (watch carefully); stir in oats. Return to boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook 5 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove oatmeal from the heat. Stir in mashed bananas and pecans. Spoon oatmeal into six cereal bowls. Top with yogurt, sliced bananas and pecan halves, if desired.

Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location. The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at tshaffer@hy-vee.com.