Need a quick and hearty breakfast? Consider oatmeal! Oatmeal has many nutritional qualities as it’s a whole grain, containing 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving to help keep you full longer. Hy-Vee Dietitian Janine Albers said oatmeal has some great nutritional benefits:
1. Supports Weight Loss
Oatmeal is an appetite suppressor that can be an integral part of any weight loss diet. Cholecystokinin, a hunger-fighting hormone, is increased with the oatmeal compound beta-glucan.
2. Prevents Diabetes
Oatmeal’s low-glycemic index is beneficial when it comes to reducing the risk of diabetes. This helps the stomach empty its contents slowly, which affects blood sugar levels and has a positive effect on our insulin sensitivity.
3. Boosts Heart Health
Foods rich in whole oat sources of soluble fiber have been linked to good heart health and lowering of the LDL or “Lousy” cholesterol.
Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Makes 4 servings
4 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1. Combine water, oats and salt in a slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook on low overnight (7-8 hours). In the morning wake up to whole grain goodness.
2. Top cooked oatmeal with nuts for extra protein and healthy fats, and fresh fruit such as blueberries or strawberries for additional fiber.
3. Store leftover cooked oatmeal in the refrigerator to have throughout the week.
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