Oatmeal often gets a bad rap as a bland breakfast food for nursing home patients. But what lurks in that boring bowl of porridge is true p-oat-ential. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants , oatmeal is a high-fiber morning meal that’s been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels, aid with digestion, and improve metabolism . Basically, it’s a versatile superfood that’s ready to come out of retirement.
An Oat-standing Grain — What it is
Oatmeal is made of oat grains and contains soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease . Its high-fiber count helps prolong feelings of fullness (here’s more fiber-rich foods) and increase energy levels. Plus one serving can pack about 4 grams of fiber (whole-y bowl-y!).
Although oatmeal is most commonly consumed as a hot cereal, it can be eaten cold or turned into a delectable dessert (oatmeal crème brulee anyone?). An 18 ounce box of rolled oats has a long shelf life and is relatively cheap (only about 15 cents per serving), which helps keep oatmeal enthusiasts slim while leaving their piggy banks fat.
Rock the Oat, Baby — What It Means to You
There are plenty of ways to pump up a simple bowl of oatmeal: throw in a few nuts, fruits, or almond butter. And top it off with cinnamon, honey, or even a little whey protein. We suggest purchasing plain over presweetened oatmeal and save big on sugar and calories.
Because it’s packed with fiber, low in cost, and easy to prepare, oatmeal might just be the best thing since sliced bread (unless, of course, you're going carb-free).
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