Benefits of Oatmeal: Danielle, registered dietitian
There are many benefits of oatmeal including its ability to reduce cholesterol levels, boost immune function, regulate blood sugar and keep you regular. It has also been shown to help with weight loss due to the soluble fiber. Soluble fiber absorbs water forming a gel-like substance in your intestines which slows gastric emptying. This means that you stay fuller longer. Not everyone is a fan of oatmeal for breakfast. If you fall into that category, here are some savory ways to still reap the benefits of oatmeal but have them for lunch or dinner instead.
Cook oats, as directed, but use vegetable stock instead of milk. Spice it up with oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. To top, add sliced olives, ¼ cup feta cheese, sun-dried tomato and chopped fresh basil. The feta provides additional protein, calcium and healthy fat to increase the staying power and benefits of oatmeal.
Get your family out of your dinner rut. The combination of black beans and oats gives you a healthy dose of soluble fiber to keep you full and keep your colon healthy and happy. Cumin adds to the authenticity of the dish along with ripe plantains for a hint of sweetness to round out the meal. For the full recipe, head over to wellandgood.com.
Sriracha makes everything better. The combination of sriacha and a fried egg help warm you to the core with a hearty bowl of rolled oats. Add a little soy sauce to enhance the umami flavor and sliced cashews provide texture variety with a satisfying crunch. If this sounds like the answer to your dinner monotony, view the full recipe at The Sriracha Cookbook Blog.
Breakfast for Dinner? Ditch the refined carbohydrates from pancakes or biscuits for a hearty serving of whole grain oats. Cook whole rolled or steel cut oats in milk of choice. Chop 2 slices of bacon and stir into your oats. Top with 1 fried egg and 2 tbsp of your cheese of choice. Bacon- check, eggs- check, fiber- check. No guilt and you get the benefits of oatmeal. Your stomach and taste buds will thank you.
The benefits of oatmeal can be yours. Venture outside of the box and “healthify” your evening meal.
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