According to a 2008 survey by Decision Analyst, Americans believe that oatmeal is the fourth healthiest food from a list of 70 foods and beverages. (Whole-grains, broccoli, and bananas round out the top three).(1)
So are you incorporating this breakfast, or snack choice, into your diet?
Whether you eat regular oats or steel cut oats, you will be getting a powerhouse of nutrition and benefits. For instance, foods rich in soluble fiber, like oatmeal, have been linked to good heart health by reducing blood pressure.(2) Oatmeal also contains calcium and potassium which are known to be beneficial for bone health. And it doesn’t stop there! Oatmeal is a low glycemic food, meaning that it doesn’t cause major blood sugar spikes. Plus, it’s also been shown to relieve stress.
Jazz up your oatmeal with antioxidant-boosting cinnamon, chopped nuts, and fresh fruit for a fast and easy meal.
Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Recipe
- 1 cup oats (or steel cut)
- 1/4 cup almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- walnuts, chopped
- almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
- Make oats to the package directions.
- Stir in cinnamon and 1/4 cup of milk at the end.
- Top your oatmeal with the chopped walnuts, almonds, and fresh fruit
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- Liu S, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB, Giovannucci E, Rimm E, Manson JE, Hennekens CH, Willett WC. Whole-grain consumption and risk of coronary heart disease: results from the Nurses’ Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Sep;70(3):412-9.