Food to Feel Good About: Organic Raw Multigrain Hot Cereal

Personal Note:  I wasn’t asked by Better Oats to write this post and am not/have not received any compensation or freebies from them.  In fact, they don’t even know I’m writing this.  My intention with these ‘Food to Feel Good About’ posts is to let others know about great -clean- health foods that are on the market.  If you come to my house, you’ll find these foods in my cabinet. (But call first so I can make sure my house is clean.)

Oats.  I love oats; specifically oatmeal.  Always have and probably always will.  According to my mom it was one of the few things she could get me to eat as a baby.

Aw, little baby Gina. Wasn’t I cute with my red, white & blue dress?

As an adult, I still adore my oats but I’m always looking for ways to get more bang for my buck when it comes to nutrition.  So you can imagine my excitement at finding Better Oats who makes my {now} favorite oatmeal Raw Pure and Simple Multigrain Hot Cereal. They make four flavors Bare, Cinnamon Plum Spice, Pomegranate, and Chai Spiced.  Bare is my fav.

Alright, so it’s not actually oatmeal by Webster’s definition.  It’s So. Much. More.  Raw Pure and Simple is combination of whole grain rolled oats, barley, wheat, flaxseed, quinoa,  rye and sea salt – all 100% organic! That’s it; no other ingredients.  Be still my beating heart, I love when I recognize and can pronounce ALL of the ingredients on the label.  No fluff, no filler, just good-for-you food.

So what kind of nutritional punch does this breakfast pack? I’m so glad you asked! First of all, it’s a low fat food and the fat it does have is the good unsaturated fat.  Raw contains 41 grams of whole grains, and 200 milligrams of ALA-Omega 3.  And as far as nutrients go, it’s a good source of fiber, potassium and protein and you also get a the benefit of iron, phosphorus and magnesium.   The pies de resistance for me is that the carb to protein ratio makes this a perfect post run recovery meal – especially on a cold day.

Sorry, I’m not a good food picture taker…But it still tasted fabulous!

Bonus: You can customize it with whatever you’d like! Want more protein? Throw your favorite protein powder in after it’s done cooking.  Want something chocolatey? Helloooooo, cocoa powder! My favorite way to eat it is with raisins, some additional ground flaxseed (you can never have too much of that stuff) and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. YUM! I like to cook the raisins with the grains so they rehydrate a bit.

My line up of mix-ins.

Double bonus: I can always find it on sale at Winn Dixie (my local grocery store).  So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try! Your tummy will thank you, your heart will thank you, your digestive system will thank you… I could go on and on.  Seriously. But I won’t. You’re welcome.

Question:  What’s your favorite(s) ‘food to feel good about’? Leave a comment telling me; I love finding new good-for-me foods!

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