January 20, 2017

Give Your Oatmeal a Flavor Boost for a Healthy and Tasty Meal

shutterstock-oatmeal-berriesOatmeal. What’s not to love? It’s warm, comfort food when the weather is anything but. Plus, steel-cut oats are part of a heart-healthy diet. They may improve blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The key is not to negate those benefits by piling on the sugar, butter and/or salt.

What can you put in your oatmeal that’ll give you a flavorful boost and add to the positive health benefits? Try these 100-calorie or less add-ins:

  • Blueberries 1/4 cup
  • Apple 2 tablespoons diced
  • Almonds 1 tablespoon sliced
  • Strawberries 1/4 cup sliced
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup
  • Walnuts 1 tablespoon chopped
  • Cashews 1 tablespoon chopped
  • Creamy peanut butter 1 tablespoon
  • Toasted coconut 1 tablespoon
  • Low-fat cheddar cheese ¼ cup

This article was reviewed Laura Tolle, RDN, LND, CDE, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with Mission Health – My Healthy Life Wellness.