5 Mistakes You're Making With Your Morning Oatmeal

Find out how to hack your oatmeal to make it as healthy and tasty as possible.

5 Mistakes You're Making With Your Morning Oatmeal

While it’s common knowledge that oatmeal is full of vitamins and nutrients, it’s often easy to write off this breakfast staple as being bland or only suited for the first meal of the day. Read on to learn why thick-cut rolled oats are every bit as good of a choice as steel-cut oats and find out how to approach oatmeal in a new and interesting way to stave off flavor fatigue and enjoy a creative spin on an old classic.

Mistake: You think steel-cut oats are healthier than rolled oats.

Thick-cut rolled oats are a great choice in the morning because they’re high in fiber, low in sugar, quick and easy to prepare, and versatile. While many people assume that steel-cut oats are healthier, it's important to note that rolled oats and steel-cut oats are processed differently but have the same nutritional value minus the sugar and additives you find in other oatmeal varieties. Plain oatmeal has great nutritional and health values. Be careful not to load up your bowl with too many sugary ingredients or it’ll turn into a dessert instead. Oatmeal toppers to go easy on include chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut flakes, and dried fruit.

Instead, spoon in natural nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter. Sprinkle cinnamon into your oatmeal for a natural sweet flavor that will also help keep your blood sugar stable. You could also add half a cup of fresh fruit for a fiber boost, and walnuts or slivered almonds for a protein hit. Feeling adventurous? Stir in an egg for additional protein as well.

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