Thanks, Coach! A Review of Coach’s Oats & Giveaway!

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Coach’s Oats are healthy and quick to prepare.

“Thanks, coach!” —Sanka Coffie from the movie Cool Runnings

I love that darn quote and say it ALL the time. And now I catch myself saying it at perhaps the most  unlikely of times: every morning as I sit down for breakfast, chowing down on the oatmeal the team from Coach’s Oats sent me.

And the oats are pretty wonderful. Different from steel cut or rolled oats, Coach’s Oats are created with a “Cracked n’ Toasted” (that kind of sounds like a bad rap song, no?) process that leaves them never mushy and quick cooking. They’re 100 percent all-natural whole grains and only take three to five minutes to make in the microwave. Woohoo for quick breakfasts! I take an extra few seconds to add blueberries, cinnamon and a dollop of honey. Yum.

Oatmeal is great way to lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. It’s also been shown to reduce asthma, as well as gum disease and tooth loss. A serving of the good stuff  is 160 calories, 4 grams of hard-working fiber and 6 grams of protein. It’s a win-win situation and fills up your belly pretty well.

Coach’s Oats provide one of those wonder meals that makes my heart pitter pat (literally!). If I had to pick on anything, I’d have to zone in on the oats’ ability to rise up like a monster in the microwave sometimes. If I don’t watch those bad boys, they’ll bubble up over my bowl and make a mess. But most instant oatmeal does that, sooo…

If you love cooking and baking with oats, check out some of the great recipes on the Coach’s Oats site, too. The Banana Oat Muffins are calling my name!

Are you an oatmeal lover? Feel like mastering some of the Coach’s recipes? Coach’s Oats is giving away a bag of the good stuff to five lucky U.S. readers. Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite oatmeal topping, and we’ll pick a reader in about a week to win! And say it with me now: “Thanks, Coach!” —Tish


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  1. I like my oats with brown sugar (I use Splenda Blend Brown Sugar) and sometimes a spoon full of SF maple syrup too. Wonderfull on the cool mornings coming soon.

  2. That depends! In the summer I always do overnight oats in a jar w/ vanilla yogurt and blueberries. In the wider it is steel cut oatmeal made with half a banana and peanut butter or with pineapple and shredded coconut! yum!

  3. Think outside of the box with oatmeal! Topping off oatmeal with nuts, seeds and butters, or cracking an egg into the oatmeal as it cooks, makes for a delicious healthy fortifying breakfast; but oat-“meal” it’s not only great for breakfast but for any meal. Oatmeal is a wonderful substitute for rice or potatoes, and a lot healthier too. So, for a hearty meal top off your oatmeal with some chicken or meat, or meat substitute, and veggie. If you had takeout Chinese or Indian, etc. food the night before, for a quick less than 5 minute delicious meal use the rest to top off your oatmeal. So, for a delicious healthy meal, think outside of the box with oatmeal.

  4. I like to add a kick of cinnamon, half a banana, and a spoonful of almond butter. Even THINKING about it has me salivating on my keyboard.

  5. Cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg or almond slivers if I’m in the mood, blueberries and a teaspoon of honey. Breakfast of champions!

  6. I love my oatmeal with any fruit (but usually blueberries!) and vanilla almond milk! No extra sweetener needed!

  7. I like chopped apple, chia seeds, craisins, pumpkin pie seasoning, and a little almond milk on top of my Coach’s Oats.

  8. Before a workout day I will mix half a scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp flax seeds, 2 tbsp PB2 (low-cal peanut butter) into my oatmeal and top with sliced banana. YUM!

  9. Tahini, salt, and a bit of honey. Sometimes for dinner, I’ll cook steel cut oats with grated beet or tomato puree, garlic, and onion for a savory, risotto-like entree.

  10. Some of my home-made nut or seed butter with fresh raspberries, blueberries and a sprinkle of granola. Yummo!!!

  11. I top my oatmeal with wheat germ, ground flax seed, applesauce (don’t like milk so this is to cool it off), berries and lots of cinnamon.

  12. I eat oatmeal every morning with half a banana, cinnamon, and walnuts. It’s my favorite meal of the day!

  13. This morning I had one of my favs: sliced peaches, cinnamon and fresh blueberries. Flax and a tiny bit of stevia and vanilla extract mixed into the oats and it was super delicious!

  14. This morning I topped my oatmeal with some leftover shelled peanuts (from the football game) plus cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup. It tasted like a yummy cinnamon roll! The tiny bit of salt from the peanuts added just the right touch.

  15. Love my Coach’s topped with peanut butter protein powder, pure cocoa, chopped peanuts and raw cacao nibs…like a Reese’s:)

  16. I LOVE berries. Love it. However, peaches are really nice too. I dont eat sugar thats not from fruit or another natural food source, so fruit is really the way to go for me!

  17. My favorite oatmeal topping is hemp hearts! I love getting in those Omegas and pumping up the protein value of my oats. Apart from that, Berries and Peanut Butter. mm mmm mmmm … Now I want some oatmeal. haha

  18. I could eat oatmeal everyday…all day. I usually top my oatmeal with splenda brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins,walnuts,green apples and a small amount of reduced fat carnation canned milk..yummoricious. I occasionally add a teaspoon full of flax seed when I have it. Soooo good.

  19. I love to add Apples, Strawberries, or Brown Sugar. But nowI’m thinking about trying it with Peanut Butter… Sounds yummy!

  20. Adding honey, cinnamon, almonds, and raisins makes my oatmeal a dessert! :)

    For a healthy and nutritious breakfast I usually add nuts and fresh berries

  21. I love oatmeal SO much, I eat 2 bowls a day !
    I make my oats on the stove top, with Fat Free Milk. I absolutely enjoy eating my oatmeal with a dark local honey, 1 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed and, 1 Tbsp. per bowl of Laura Scudder’s Reduced Fat Smooth, Old Fashioned Peanut Butter.

  22. I love Mango and shredded coconut with steel cut oats and the fact that Coach’s quick fast, A+ rating for this one!!

  23. And our lucky winners are…

    Lanette — #62
    Jane — #25
    Sarah — #29
    Mary — #40
    Carol — #61

    Woot! Woot! Emailing you now, ladies!

    –FBG Jenn