10 overnight oatmeal and oatmeal recipes that aren’t just for breakfast
Dietitians and other nutrition experts love oats, and for good reason. In their natural state – steel-cut (or porridge) or old-fashioned oats, not instant or quick – these whole grains are incredibly healthy. They are full of soluble and insoluble fiber, including a type called beta-glucan, which the The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highlights can directly decrease the risk of coronary heart disease. Consuming oatmeal has also been linked to a lower risk of diabetes and improved weight and digestive health, according to Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
They’re so good for you, in fact, that you shouldn’t limit yourself to eating them only for breakfast. Oats are a neutral base for a wide variety of toppings, and can be enjoyed sweet or savory, as a snack or as a meal, hot or cold. Overnight oats, made by mixing old-fashioned oats with liquid and allowing it to absorb overnight in the fridge, has become a popular and easy way to enjoy cold oatmeal.
Only two rules apply. First, use the least processed oats you can find. Instant oats cook faster, but you sacrifice fiber and other nutrients for convenience, and often add unnecessary sugar (just one packet of Quaker maple and brown sugar oatmeal contains 12 grams (g) of added sugar – almost half of the American Heart Association Recommended Daily Limit on added sugar for women and one third of the limit for men).
Second rule: have fun! Experiment with toppings, non-dairy milks, and use oats in savory dishes like soup. The more ways you find to enjoy oats and oatmeal, the more you’ll reap the benefits without ever getting bored.
To get you started, we’ve created hot and cold oatmeal ideas for every meal, along with desserts and snacks, so you can find a satisfying recipe for all seasons and moods. Prepare to spoon.
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