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Winter Spice Citrus Oatmeal

Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and citrus slices makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 

citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, blood orange, banana, and hemp seeds

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and fresh citrus slices makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 

One of the ways I keep things fun in the breakfast department is by infusing seasonal ingredients into different breakfast foods, like these winter spice citrus oats. Citrus slices add a pop of fresh color that naturally brightens up the any winter day.

Oats are like a blank canvas you can add more flavor and nutrition to. I love thinking of fun ways to spice them up based on the time of year. I always have a canister of Quaker Oats in my pantry and like thinking of different ways I can use them during breakfast time and beyond. 

A ½ cup serving of oats is a good source of fiber, — all the more reason to always keep a canister in your pantry! 

citrus oatmeal bowl

Winter Spice Oatmeal

Fresh orange, winter spices and pomegranate seeds were the inspiration behind these fun and flavorful oats that are great for this time of year. Grating fresh orange zest into the oats gives them a refreshing scent to help start your morning off on a good note and tart citrus slices complement the oats perfectly.  

I really like that you can make these in advance and pull them out of your fridge for a tasty breakfast time option . It’s important to take the time for yourself amidst a busy start to the new year and help provide morning fuel  you want. 

Ingredients for Winter Spice Citrus Oats 

  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or oat)
  • fresh ginger 
  • chia seeds / hemp seeds
  • cinnamon
  • orange zest 
  • citrus slices

Equipment/ utensils: 

citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, blood orange, banana, and hemp seeds

Winter Spice Citrus Oatmeal

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and pomegranate seeds makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 11 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk almond or oat
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds / hemp seeds
  • dash of cinnamon
  • fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 cup citrus slices think orange, cara cara or blood orange

Instructions
 

  • Cook oats according to package directions with non-dairy milk. Grate fresh orange zest, ginger and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Remove from stove top, place in a bowl and top with citrus segments, and hemp seeds. If desired banana slices and drizzle of almond butter. Enjoy! 
Keyword oatmeal; oats; oat bowl; citrus oatmeal; winter spice

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winter spice citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, banana and citrus slices
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Whole Grains: Nutrition Benefits & How to Include More in Your Diet

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Chances are you’ve heard it’s important to incorporate more whole grains into your diet, but what exactly is a whole grain?! What makes them different? Explore this post to learn more about the benefits of whole grains, learn what foods contain whole grains, what makes them nutritious and how to incorporate more into your diet. 

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always, all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

What makes whole grains different from refined grains is the fact that whole grains contain all three parts of the grain — the germ, the endosperm and the bran. We want all of these to be present in order to get the nutrients of each grain. 

Examples of whole grains: 

  • Whole or rolled oats (regular, quick, or instant)
  • Brown or wild rice
  • Whole wheat
  • Whole grain corn
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Quinoa
  • Barely 

Ways to add more whole grains into your diet

  • Swap regular pasta for whole grain pasta
  • Choose whole grain, high fiber cereals for breakfast, like oatmeal. 
  • Try substituting whole wheat or oat flour for up to half the flour in flour-based recipes.
  • Instead of white bread, opt for whole grain bread 
  • Toast oats and grains as a crunchy topping for  your salad or yogurt.
  • Add quinoa or wild rice in your favorite soups and grain bowl recipes. 

Today I want to spotlight oats as a whole grain you can easily incorporate into your diet in a variety of ways. I always have a canister of Quaker oats in my pantry because the possibilities of what you can do with oats are truly incredible! From breakfast time to dinnertime, oats are highly versatile, offering countless possibilities to get more taste and nutrition out of what we eat each day.

You can feel good knowing the oats used in each variety of Quaker Oats – Instant, Quick, Old Fashioned and Steel Cut – are 100% whole grain, and ounce per ounce, they all provide similar amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. 

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UNIQUE WAYS TO USE OATS

  1. Start your morning with oats. Oats have a unique nutrition profile with a balance of both insoluble and soluble fiber (2 grams soluble fiber per ½ cup serving). They also are a good source of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, including vitamin B1, magnesium and phosphorus., According to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, more than 90 percent of women and 97 percent of men do not meet recommended intakes for dietary fiber, so opting for oatmeal, overnight oats, or baked oatmeal for breakfast time is a great way to start your morning. 
  2. Bake with oats. Oats add an incredible texture to a variety of baked goods. Grab that canister of Quaker Oats and add them to cookies, bars, breads, muffins and more for nutrition and texture. 
  3. Make oat flour. Baked goods with oat flour are super popular these days and for a good reason. Oat flour adds an amazing texture to everything from pancakes to muffins and everything in between. You can make your own oat flour at home by pulsing Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in a blender or food processor until it’s a fine flour. 
  4. Explore the savory side of oats. Oats are highly versatile and can add great taste, texture and nutrition to savory dishes as well as sweet. A ½ cup serving of rolled oats is a good source of fiber and may help support a healthy digestive system. Experts recommend we get 25-34 grams of fiber per day, and unfortunately most of us are not getting enough. A diet rich in whole grains like oats, fruits and vegetables can help us meet our fiber goals for the day.

Check out some of my favorite oat recipes here! Each of these recipes is made simple with the goodness of oats! 

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4 Unique Ways to Use Oats This Holiday Season

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support! 

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Oat my! The possibilities of what you can do with oats is truly incredible! From baked goods to risottos, and many more dishes in between, oats are highly versatile, offering countless possibilities to get more taste and nutrition out of what we eat each day. 

From savory to sweet, hot to cold, oats can provide goodness any time of day. I like to think of them like a blank canvas to inspire culinary creativity, which is exactly how I hope you feel about all of these unique, and nutritious recipes that use oats! 

For over 140 years, Quaker has been the leading expert in oats, committed to combining science, scale, passion and expertise, and dedicated to researching all that this powerful grain has to offer. Their high-quality, nourishing oats are produced with high standards of quality, nutrition, taste and safety. 

The oats used in each variety of Quaker Oats – instant, quick, old fashioned and steel cut – are 100% whole grain, and ounce per ounce, they all provide similar amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You definitely can’t go wrong with a bowl of oatmeal topped with seasonal fruit and nuts or seeds, but I also challenge you to think outside the oat bowl and use oats in these recipes below that provide taste, texture and nutrition! 

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Unique Ways to Use Oats This Season

  1. Bake with oats. No doubt December signifies baking at home with holiday flavors and it’s definitely one of my favorite things about the season! Grab that  canister of Quaker Oats and add them to cookies, bars, breads, muffins and more for  great texture. 
  1. Start your day with oats. Oatmeal, overnight oats, and baked oatmeal oh my! Oats have a unique nutrition profile with a balance of both insoluble and soluble fiber (2 grams soluble fiber per ½ cup serving). They also are a good source of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, including vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.
  1. Make oat flour. Baked goods with oat flour are  popular these days and for good reason. Oat flour adds an amazing texture to everything from pancakes to muffins and everything in between. The best part is you can make your own oat flour at home by pulsing Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in a blender or food processor until it’s a fine flour. 
  1. Explore the savory side of oats. Oats are highly versatile and can add great taste, texture and nutrition to savory dishes as well as sweet. Think savory oat cakes, risottos made with oats instead of rice and more. A ½ cup serving of rolled oats are a good source of fiber and may help support a healthy digestive system. Experts recommend we get 25-38 grams of fiber per day, and unfortunately most of us are not getting enough. A diet rich in whole grains like oats, fruits and vegetables can help us meet our fiber goals for the day.
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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you know this past week was oat week on Once Upon a Pumpkin! Grab all the recipes from this week and more here! 

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