You all know I love the folks and the products from Quaker. Quaker was such a great part of my childhood… in fact, if I were to sit down and think back to an image or logo that was most regular in our home growing up, it would be the Quaker Oats guy. Whether it was a hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning, some homemade oatmeal cookies in the afternoon, or simply the Quaker Oats carton being used as a drum during playtime, Quaker has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
February is the month for love, and with Quaker that means starting with our hearts… as in heart healthy. February is American Heart Month and Quaker is celebrating by donating $1.00 to the American Heart Association for each current Facebook fan and every new person who “likes” the Quaker Facebook Page during the month of February (up to $250,000). The money donated by Quaker will benefit the AHA’s new program My Heart. My Life., which helps bring healthy cooking curriculum to after-school organizations across the country –> and you know I love that! Stop what you are doing right now and take two seconds to go and “like” Quaker on Facebook. Then come right back here… I’ve teamed up with Quaker for a heart healthy giveaway worth approximately $250!
How are you keeping your heart healthy?
Diet and exercise are integral to heart health and starting your morning off with a great heart healthy breakfast, like a bowl of hot Quaker oatmeal, can help your heart to keep on pumping for a long time to come. More importantly, when we set an example for our children about the importance of a healthy breakfast each morning (like my mom did for me when I was growing up) we help them to start taking care of their heart at an early age.
How about a heart healthy giveaway? My friends at Quaker want to share an Amazing Heart Kit with one lucky Dine & Dish reader! Included in this giveaway:
Quaker oatmeal bowl and products, a yoga mat, Dr. Nieca Goldberg’sComplete Guide to Women’s Health, Quaker Oats heart-healthy recipes and a heart rate monitor. (ARV: $250).
Isn’t that a great giveaway? Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post letting me know what actions you are taking to keep your heart healthy.
Wait – you can do a couple more things to win too!
- Hopefully you’ve done this already, but make sure you head over to the Quaker Facebook page and give them a thumbs up. Once you have “liked” them, come back over to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done that. If you already “like” Quaker on Facebook, that’s great. Just leave a comment here letting me know.
- Follow @QuakerOats on Twitter. Once you have done that, leave a separate comment on this post letting me know.
- Tweet the following “Do you care for your heart? Like Quaker’s Facebook page & they’ll donate $1 to the AHA! Visit http://on.fb.me/g46BCc #Quaker” Come back here and live a comment on this post with a link to your tweet!
Entries will be accepted until noon CST on Friday, February 11th. I will then use Random.org to select the lucky comment number!
Please note, this is a sponsored post. The giveaway items are being provided by the lovely people at Quaker. All opinions are my own.
Curious about the muffins in these pictures? You should be! They are delicious Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins from the Quaker website. Just another great way to incorporate Quaker Oats into a great breakfast for your family.
- 1/4 cup Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-1/2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
Heat oven to 400°F. Line twelve medium muffin cups with paper baking cups or spray bottoms only with cooking spray.
For topping, combine the first four ingredients — oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon — in small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
For muffins, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in large bowl; mix well. In medium bowl, combine applesauce, milk, sugar, oil and egg white; blend well. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not overmix.)
Fill muffin cups almost full. Sprinkle with reserved topping, patting gently.
Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool muffins in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Serve warm.