If you’re not enjoying a warm bowl of delicious oatmeal for breakfast, you may be surprised what you’re missing out on. Not only are oats heart-healthy, research also shows that the humble whole grain helps curb your appetite so it’s easier to keep your calories in check.
Oats also contain beneficial antioxidants, called avenanthramides, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and are good for your skin. (They’re actually in Aveeno skincare products.) And for those who are sensitive or allergic to gluten, oats are naturally gluten-free, so check labels as many brands now have certified gluten-free options. (Some oats may become cross-contaminated with gluten if they are transported, stored or milled in a containers or facilities that also handle gluten-containing grains like wheat.)
Unlike many other popular breakfast cereals, unflavored oatmeal has no added sugar and the whole grain is a good source of protein. A cup of cooked oatmeal has 150 calories, 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. I enjoy oatmeal several days a week for breakfast. I top mine with fresh or dried fruit and add a big dollop of Greek yogurt for more filling protein. I find this breakfast keeps me satisfied until lunch.
Check out the infographic below for more oat inspiration.