You may have grown up with your mother or grandmother telling you to eat oatmeal because it will “stick to your ribs.” While that wasn’t meant in a literal way, the truth is that oatmeal is a very hearty breakfast food and it can help you feel fuller. Oatmeal is so filling because it contains soluble fiber, which is known to stay in your stomach longer. So, although it’s not sticking to your ribs, oatmeal is sticking around in your stomach and helping you prevent unhealthy snacking or overeating as your morning drags on.
Oatmeal is also a good source of many vitamins and minerals including manganese, phosphorus, copper, B-vitamins, selenium, magnesium and zinc. And oats are known to contain more protein and healthy, unsaturated fats than most other grains.
Of course, traditional oatmeal isn’t the only way to get your dose of healthy oats in the morning. Oats are a very versatile base for a variety recipes, like these Easy Oatmeal Pancakes or these Maple Fig Energy Bites. You can fit some oats into your afternoon routine with snacks like our Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars, No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars or these 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
But if it’s the classic oats plus water or milk that you’re truly craving, we’ve got you covered. Nutrisystem has its own Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal as well as Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal that make simple and quick breakfast options.
Or, if you like to make your own, here are six oatmeal recipes you’ll absolutely love:
With a nutty banana flavor, this easy-to-make oatmeal will leave you completely satisfied. It combines dry oats with unsweetened almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, crushed walnuts and of course, banana. It’s truly as simple as mixing it all together and leaving it overnight in the fridge. When you wake up, your oats will be ready to eat—getting your day off on the healthy foot.
If strawberries are your favorite flavor, this is the recipe for you. It combines the yummy goodness of skim milk, Greek yogurt, strawberry jam and freshly chopped strawberries along with some hearty dry oats. Just like the banana version, this recipe is as simple as combining the ingredients and waiting overnight. Your breakfast will be waiting for you when you wake up!
Completely different from a fruity oatmeal, this version combines ingredients like coffee, cocoa powder, almonds and even chocolate chips for a morning treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sending your diet on a detour. It’s rich and filling with all the hearty goodness that oats can provide. And, it’s the perfect way to start your day.
This oatmeal tastes a lot like dessert for breakfast with its carrot-cake-like flavor. The oats, almond milk, carrot and cinnamon are all combined and then topped with a layer of yogurt, walnuts, honey and extra cinnamon. It’s truly a treat—and it’s good for you. It may become such a favorite that you have it as a flex snack choice, too.
Can’t wait overnight for your oats? Here’s an instant idea. This might be one of the simplest oatmeal recipes on the list. Simply combine a cup of blueberries with Nutrisystem’s Maple Brown Sugar or Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (your choice), and water. Microwave to perfection—and that’s it! It’s ready to eat!
Sweet apples combine with tangy cranberries and savory oats in this delicious slow cooker recipe that’s as easy to make as it is to eat. It’s no wonder it’s one of our customers’ favorite oatmeal recipes! All you have to do is set it and forget it!
For something different, check out our round-up of ideas on using Zoats (that is, zucchini plus oats—a super healthy combination). There are so many fun ways to incorporate them into your favorite recipes!