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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Oatmeal

  • By Matthew Kadey, R.D.
  • Published Feb 9, 2016
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For many people who like to swim, pedal and run, oatmeal is a sacrosanct way to kick off the day. After all, it provides a satisfying way to load up on energy-boosting carbohydrates. It’s a breakfast choice that can keep you away from the office vending machine. A recent Louisiana State University study found that subjects who consumed oatmeal in the morning felt fuller for longer than those who consumed the same number of calories, but in the form of a more-processed boxed cereal. Credit the higher amounts of fiber in oats for the satisfying punch.

But if your morning oatmeal creativity goes as far as topping it with chopped nuts, you’re selling this whole-grain short. It’s ready to welcome all sorts of more aspiring additions. Side-step oatmeal burnout with these high-powered stir-ins.

Choosing The Right Oats

Undeniably, steel-cut oats produce the most wholesome and delicious oatmeal. But who has time in the morning to simmer up a pot? That’s why you should hack your breakfast by using this nifty soaking trick to expedite the process. Place 1 cup steel-cut oats, a pinch of salt and 2 1/2 cups water in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a slight simmer, turn off the heat, and let oats soak overnight covered. In the morning, stir in desired ingredients and heat over medium-low until warmed through or oats have reached desired consistency. To reheat leftovers, simply place cooked oatmeal in a saucepan with a splash or two of additional water or milk and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through.

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