Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Coach's Oats- review

Image is from Coach's Oats Facebook page.

Do you like oatmeal? We're big fans of steel cut oats around here. They aren't mushy, they are chewy and have great texture. The thing is, unless you plan ahead, you're not going to have a "quick" bowl of oatmeal. It's kind of a bummer. When the Coach's Oats company contacted me about trying out their oatmeal, I thought, great. Microwavable oats. UGH. The girls of course would love for me to buy instant oats that are flavored and contain loads of sugar (gag), but it's a very rare treat for them around here. Plus they love topping plain oats with what they like! (See below.)
 So, the Coach's Oats arrived. They actually arrived a while back, but with summer and the no power for almost a week. I didn't get much done. Still. Talk about pleasantly surprised! These oats can be made on the stove top or in the microwave. The texture is not mushy, it's got that bite and chew that we love from steel cut oats in just a FRACTION of the time! PERFECT for a quick bowl of GOOD oatmeal. It sounds silly but I'm excited about these oats. With school starting (too soon, if you ask me), I know we can have a quick bowl of oats, even if I haven't planned for it. Another awesome thing? They are 100% Natural whole grain oats. Nothing more.
Here is a little more about Coach's Oats, straight from their website which you can find HERE.
  • Coach’s Oats are prepared in an entirely new way. The groats are toasted to bring the natural sugars to the surface of the oat, then cracked into small pieces. This patented Cracked n' Toasted™ process means that Coach’s Oats are never mushy, always naturally delicious and cook in just 3 to 5 minutes on a stovetop or in the microwave.
That's the Coach’s Oats difference!
  • One serving of Coach’s Oats costs only 15 cents, based on our $5.00 price per bag!
The WHAT of Whole Grains
Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain – bran, germ and endosperm – unlike refined grains such as white flour and white rice, which have the bran and the germ removed in the milling process. It’s this difference that makes whole grains far more healthful than refined grains, because the bran and the germ contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats.
The WHY of Whole Grains
The benefits of whole grains are numerous and well-documented. Whole grains contain fiber, which is linked to lower risk for cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol. They are also packed with B vitamins, which aid metabolism by helping the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates and help keep the immune system healthy.
Whole grains can lead to:
  • Lower LDL cholesterol levels
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Better weight management
  • Reduced risk of asthma
  • Healthier carotid arteries
  • Healthier blood pressure levels
  • Less gum disease and tooth loss
We like to top our oatmeal with different things, depending on our mood. OK, let's be honest, depending on what I have on hand.
Fruit (dried and fresh), nuts, chocolate chips, honey, brown sugar, cream, half and half, milk,coconut milk, and more.
Sometimes out in the snow, like here
 Oats are wonderful for babies, how about a Tropical Oat breakfast? Slice some mangoes on top too! Not just for little ones!

 Do you and your family like oatmeal? How do you like to eat it? Plain? Savory? Sweetened? Chilled? Piping Hot?

Do you want to try Coach's Oats? Find them below

Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample/s of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All pictures are from the companies site, unless noted.
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