January is National Oatmeal Month! Oatmeal might just be the perfect food. It’s easy to make, tastes good, and can be used in any number of recipes. Whether it’s your go-to morning fuel or a quick mid-day snack, there are plenty of reasons to love oatmeal!
Here are eight more reasons that will have you adding oatmeal to your diet:
1. Low in Calories
One 1/2 cup of oatmeal contains only 150 calories!
2. High in Fiber & Protein
One cup of oatmeal contains 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein (one of the highest levels of protein found in a grain).
3. Stabilizes Blood Sugar Level
The fiber levels found in oatmeal help control blood sugar levels and slow down digestion time, prolonging the absorption into the bloodstream.
4. Reduces Risk of Diabetes
Oatmeal is also a good source of magnesium which helps regulate the body’s insulin and glucose levels.
5. Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Oats contain a fiber known as beta-glucan which has been proven in numerous studies to have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels.
6. Helps Athletic Performance
Oats are a slow-digesting carbohydrate that provides long-lasting energy – which makes for a great pre-workout meal.
7. Safe for Those That Can’t Consume Gluten
Those with an allergy to gluten can consume certified gluten free oats.
8. Keeps You Full
Since oatmeal is full of fiber, it stays in the stomach longer and helps you feel fuller for longer, preventing the mid-morning snack urge.
• The less processed the oats, the more fiber and health benefits can be gained. Avoid the instant oatmeal and opt for rolled or old-fashioned oats and add in the flavor of your choosing.
Toasted or Roasted Nuts
Nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
Fresh fruit such as apples, blueberries, bananas, or strawberries
Dried fruits such as cranberries or raisins
Chia or Flax Seeds
Dark Chocolate Chips
Spices such as ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, or ground cloves