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The heart-healthy breakfast that never gets old

February is American Heart Month and what better way to celebrate heart health than with Quaker Oats! Here are just a few reasons why your Hy-Vee dietitian has selected Quaker Old Fashioned Oats as the healthy pick of the month.

First of all, it lowers cholesterol. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber which helps remove low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol). and insoluble fiber which helps you feel full while also keeping things moving through your digestive tract.

Oats are also a source of complex carbohydrates, which digest more slowly, for more sustained energy. Complex carbohydrates also help prevent a spike in blood sugar.

On top of all that, one serving of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats contains 5 grams of protein.

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Ingredients

3 cups non-fat milk

3 tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt (optional)

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 cups Quaker® Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)

2 tbsp. coarsely chopped toasted pecans

Plain or vanilla non-fat yogurt (optional)

Banana slices (optional)

Pecan halves (optional)

Instructions

In 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 1 minute for Quick Oats, 5 minutes for Old Fashioned Oats, or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove oatmeal from heat. Stir in mashed bananas and pecans. Spoon oatmeal into six cereal bowls. Top with yogurt, sliced bananas and pecan halves, if desired. Dish serves six.

Nutrition facts per serving: 220 calories, 4g fat, 1g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 18g sugar, 8g protein.