28 Jul Too Hot For Oatmeal? 6 Other Ways To Use Oats
By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Contributing Blogger
When you think of oats, you probably think of oatmeal. And when you think of oatmeal, you most definitely do not think of summer. Cooking up a batch of hot oatmeal sounds like a terrible start to a hot and humid morning. Regardless of the weather, oats have good-for-you properties all year round. Here are some of the reasons that oats should be part of your everyday diet:
- Oats contain fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer and control your weight.
- Eating oats is associated with lower blood pressure.
- Oats are high in beta-glucans, a kind of starch that inhibits tumors. Eating foods with Beta-glucans may help reduce your risk of developing some cancers.
- Research shows that feeding children oats at an early age may help reduce their risk of developing asthma.
I’ve asked some of my fellow Dietitians for their favorite ways to add oats to their diet all summer long. These six recipes are the perfect answer!
Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Baked Oatmeal Frittata by Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CDN of Nutritioulicious
This savory baked oatmeal dish showcases the culinary side of oats, and the best part is that you can keep it interesting by varying the add-ins based on what you have on hand in the house and what’s in season.
What’s better than not having to turn on your oven in the hot summer? A deliciously sweet coconut and chocolate treat!
This Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal Bake tastes like a comforting rich bowl of broccoli cheddar soup but in a healthy creamy oatmeal bake.
All you need is one bowl, some ripe bananas, fresh strawberries, hearty whole grain oats, and a handful of ingredients you likely already have on hand to whip up these oil-free, gluten-free, whole grain bites.
The banana and blueberries make these pancakes deliciously sweet. As an added bonus, these pancakes are well balanced with healthy carbs from the fruit and oats and healthy protein and fats from the nuts.