What’s your favorite way to make oatmeal? I find it can get a little repetitive now & then unless I spice it up. 

We all know oats are heart-healthy but many of my clients are confused about why. Oats contain soluble fiber which is a little harder to come by in foods than insoluble fiber. You know how oats, when they are cooked in a liquid, form a gel? That gooey stuff is the soluble fiber that absorbs water and helps drag “bad cholesterol” from the body in a variety of ways. (PS it also helps prevent constipation which is always a BONUS.) If you are at risk for heart disease, find a few oatmeal recipes you like and stick them in the rotation! I recommend using your favorite milk rather than water as a based because it provides protein, calcium and vitamin D. Here are a couple of ideas. 

My usual go-to oatmeal prep is:

  • ½ cup 1-minute oats
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

— Microwave for 2 ½ minutes. Boom. You have a hearty & healthy breakfast in 3 minutes.

But I got inspired the other day by my lovely RD friend Mascha Davis to try a fresh flavor combo I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Lemon & oats! Sooooooo good. Such a bright morning meal

I made this version with:

  • ½ cup 1-minute oats
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

— Microwave for 2 ½ minutes, then add ½ cup fresh blueberries

Would love to hear about your favorite ways to prepare oatmeal in the comments below! 

Cheers to your good health, 


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