When I was growing up, I never liked oatmeal–or other creamy hot cereals for that matter.
It didn’t help that my mother’s oatmeal was lumpy and hard to swallow.
I remember many tearful mornings trying to get that porridge down under my mother’s cool glare.
She meant well because my mother knew that oatmeal was good for me.
Fast forward to the present.
If you’ve tried oatmeal before and didn’t like it, reconsider.
Nothing starts the morning right like a warm bowl of oatmeal.
If you’re not having oatmeal for breakfast, you’re missing out on a healthy and
delectable way to add fiber and nutrients to your body first thing in the morning.
Eating oatmeal is your best choice for a “heart-smart start” each morning.
A Heart-Healthy, Whole Grain
Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases,
including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease.
In addition, whole grains such as oats are a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.
Eating oats has been linked to an average 7% drop in LDL cholesterol and applauded for its
ability to curb bad (LDL) cholesterol due to a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan.
If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, definitely consider adding oatmeal to
your daily diet.
Fiber eases constipation and helps control blood sugars.
It helps you feel full and eat less later on during the day.
Aids Weigh Loss
Because oatmeal is a source of fiber when you eat oats for breakfast, you’re going to feel full
for several hours, which helps to curb cravings.
How Shall I Have My Oatmeal? Let Me Count the Ways
Because oatmeal is such a healthy, nutritious food, explore a variety of ways to eat it each day!
Here are a few variations on the theme:
*Combining fruit or nuts with your oats while they’re cooking adds more nutrients.
*Limit any sugars and let the natural flavor of the fruits and spices take over.
*You can cook oatmeal on your stove top, in your microwave, or in a slow cooker.
*Swirl in a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter.
*Spoon in some fresh chopped apples or sliced bananas.
*Your bowl of oatmeal gets even tastier when you top it with spices.
*Try cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, chai or pumpkin pie spice.
*Kick it up a notch with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries
*Or add frozen berries, and the warmth of the oatmeal will defrost them for you.
*Add dried fruit–from raisins to apples to cranberries, goji berries or apricots.
*Some folks add applesauce, mashed pumpkin or roasted squash.
*Stir unsweetened cacao powder into the oats, then top with a dollop of peanut butter
and chopped nuts.
*Pump up the protein and Omega-3s by adding chia seeds.
*Add 2 tablespoons of untoasted or toasted shredded coconut then add more on
top before serving.
*Stir a tablespoon or two of Omega-3 rich flax seed powder into your oatmeal.
*Add vanilla, chocolate or other flavored protein powder and stir into oatmeal
for an extra protein boost.
*Or sprinkle walnuts (which are rich in heart-healthy Omega-3s) on top.
*Go a little nuts and add sliced almonds or Brazil nuts.
*Of course, you can cook your oatmeal with apple juice or various non-dairy milks such as
almond, hemp, rice, soy, cashew, etc. or add a splash at the end.
*Add coffee, cinammon and almond milk for a latte kick.
*Or make a breakfast smoothie with blended oats, fruit, nut milk and ice to satisfy your hunger
Use your imagination–the sky is the limit!
We selected 25 of our favorite, healthy, vegan oatmeal recipes from some amazing blogs
to share with you.
Have fun exploring so many delicious ways add zip to your oatmeal.
Enjoy These Healthy, Creative Oatmeal Recipes
Have fun exploring these healthy and delicious oatmeal recipes!
Which recipes do you want to make?
What are your favorite ingredients to add to oatmeal?
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