I’m still on my oat kick. After this I will be done. It’s just that the benefits of oats are so great; I really want you to experience them. The previous savory ways to have oatmeal were still centered on the traditional bowl of oats and I realize that the texture is not appealing to everyone. These options all allow you to reap the health benefits of oatmeal while enhancing the nutrient profile of other common meals.
Oat Smoothie. For the smoothie enthusiasts, consider adding ¼ cup of raw oats to the blender with your usual protein powder, fruit and milk. The oats provide soluble fiber, slow-digesting carbs for brain fuel, and also enhance the consistency.
Veggie Oat Cakes. Need ideas for your Meatless Monday Dinner? Whole grain oats make the perfect base for a vegetarian meal. This recipe adds eggs to boost the protein and also cleverly disguises broccoli and carrots. Feed your family well and sneak in a serving of vegetables without them even realizing how healthy it really is. If you can’t get past the broccoli, this recipe still provides the benefits of oatmeal and supplies healthy fat with the addition of cashews.
Meatloaf. If you’re a meat-lover, reap the benefits of cholesterol-lowering oats by replacing breadcrumbs with rolled oats in your favorite meatloaf recipe. The texture of oats makes your meatloaf even heartier and the flavor is not compromised.
Risotto. This a great side dish to any meal. Traditional risotto is made with rice, which can spike blood sugar. For low-glycemic, diabetic friendly option, try this recipe using steel cut oats instead!
Oatmeal Muffins. Who doesn’t love hot, fresh muffins with a tall glass of milk? Though delicious, the muffins at your local coffee shop supply more than your daily allowance of sugar with little else. No protein or fiber to keep you full. Rather than being alert for your workday, you’ll crash from the sugar. This gluten free recipe replaces refined flour with oat flour and packs a satisfying 6 g of protein. Make a large batch and have one with almond butter and a side of Greek yogurt for a truly balanced breakfast.