So based on the weather reports circulating around Manitoba, it sounds as though winter as we know it will officially begin tomorrow with high winds, snowy skies, and frosty temperatures. I think we all knew that unfortunately, the beautiful weather we've been so blessed with as of late would soon be a thing of the past. We've really been living this fall on borrowed time so as it comes to an end I thought I would share with you this wonderful post written by Chantel one of Whitty Nutrition's volunteers, in the hopes that you too may rediscover some of the perks of winter - even if it is only a bowl of hot cereal to get your day started! Read on to find out more about how this classic family favorite can not only keep you warm this winter but also healthy and happy!
Enjoy everyone! Please leave your comments down below and check out Chantel's bio at THIS link.
"When I think of a hot cereal my mind usually goes to a classic; oatmeal. I must admit that as the weather gets cooler, oatmeal will definitely be a staple in my morning routine. But as I was wandering the cereal aisle this past week I found a hot cereal that I haven't had since I was a kid: Red River Cereal! Named appropriately, Red River Cereal was developed in Manitoba in 1924 and was named after our very own Red River1. It has a somewhat nutty taste that I grew to love as a kid. The only 3 ingredients in Red River Cereal (found on the box) are steel cut wheat, steel cut rye, and cracked flax. If you look to the nutrition label on the box you will see the health claim "high in fibre." Since one serving (40 g) contains 5g of fibre the "high in fibre" health claim is acceptable according to the criteria established by Health Canada2.
Flaxseeds can improve your health and prevent disease in a variety of ways3:
• ALA is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid (an essential fatty acid as the body does not produce it2
• Phenolic compounds have anti-cancer and anti-oxidative properties.
• Insoluble fibre increases intestinal bulk which helps keep you regular.
• Dietary fibre also lowers blood glucose levels, also lowers cholesterol levels, and can help you manage your weight by providing lasting fullness.
So the ingredients in Red River Cereal pack a nutritious punch, but does it taste like cardboard? The flavour is somewhat nutty and I enjoyed it as a nice alternative to oatmeal. The texture is different from oatmeal however! It is a little chewier due to the coarser texture. I made mine over the stove with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of cereal. The instructions on the box are to boil the mixture first, then lower the temperature and simmer for about 14 minutes until it thickens. I topped mine with frozen blueberries and a teaspoon of honey.
Well that's it for now follks! If your from the Manitoba area bundle up and drive safe tomorrow. Thanks for checking out the Whitty Nutrition blog!
1. Canada's Food (2015). Filename_History_RR_Cereal_Name. Retrieved from http://www.canadasfood.com/history_products/red_river_cereal.php
2. Sizer, F., Whitney, E., Piche, L. (2009). Nutrition Concepts and Controversies. Toronto, Ontario: Nelson Education Ltd.
3. Kajla, P. et al (2014). Flaxseed-a potential functional food source Association of Food Sciencetists & Technologists. DOI 10.1007/s13197-014-1293-y