Oatmeal is not only a comfort food, it is packed full of nutrition and antioxidants. Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber (keeping you full longer), protein, and low in saturated fat and sodium. And did you know that oatmeal is shown to reduce cholesterol? This heart healthy food is also a good source of Phosphorus, Selenium, Manganese, and biotin (a B vitamin). Oatmeal is also a whole grain and according to the USDA dietary guidelines, eating 48 grams of whole grain daily is recommended.

Not all oatmeal is created equal though. There’s steel-cut, rolled, instant and Scottish. And beware, many of the oatmeal in packets can be loaded in sugar, sodium and artificial ingredients. Before you head to the grocery store and stock up on oatmeal for the health benefits and for a hearty breakfast, get the 411 from Dr. Kathleen Zelman on the different types of oatmeal, all of which come from the whole oat kernel and have different cooking times.

This superfood, dating back to 7,000 B.C., can be prepared in a number of ways. Some like it creamy and others lumpy. Top it with fresh fruit or a sprinkle of almonds and cinnamon. It’s energizing, tasty and filling. It’s also delicious in cookies and for a trail mix. However you like your oats, make sure you try a few of our favorite oatmeal recipes.

Oatmeal Recipes:

Best Ever Granola

Hearty Oatmeal with Pears, Raisins, and Pecans

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Pear Oatmeal Boats

Oatmeal Toppings:

  • Chopped nuts
  • Diced apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Greek yogurt
  • Flax seeds
  • Cooked quinoa and dried cherries
  • Baked coconut flakes
  • Toasted nuts
  • Choc. Chips (just a few)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Fresh blueberries, strawberries or bananas
  • Chia seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Brown Sugar (just a tiny bit)
  • Maple Syrup (just a little)
  • Nutmeg
  • Pumpkin pie spice