Amp Up your Oatmeal!

Oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast or even as a snack but it can be monotonous if served as is. Add some of the foods below to boost flavor and pack in some health benefits along the way!

Oatmeal – 1 cup provides just 158 calories, 6g of protein and 4g of fiber! Whole grains like oatmeal can help control blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and digestion.

Walnuts – 1 tablespoon of any nut provides right around 100 calories so be sure to measure these guys. Walnuts are a good source of mono-and polyunsaturated fats (the good fats) and provide anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Bonus: may reduce the risk of breast cancer and diabetes.

Agave Nectar – Provides 20 calories per teaspoon compared to sugars 16 calories however it is sweeter and therefore you can use less of it. Agave nectar boasts a low glycemic index and is vegan.

Cinnamon – Source of manganese, fiber and is considered to be anti-bacterial/anti-fungal, can lower cholesterol and may benefit those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes although more research is needed.

Blueberries – Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K and contain polyphenols although the health benefits of wild blueberries such as those here in Maine are found to be greater than those of the larger, commercially sold blueberries.

Chia Seeds – Chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium and magnesium. Not to mention they swell slightly and help you feel full. Sprinkle on a few!

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