Oats are one of the healthiest things you can eat for breakfast, and the best part is they will keep you full for the rest of the day while supplying you with a fountain of slow-release energy. We designed this recipe for the Instant Pot, but you can use any multi-cooker to create an easy, delicious breakfast that’s ready in minutes.15 Irresistible Overnight Oats Recipes
I love to have a bowl of piping-hot oatmeal on weekend mornings. While many simply cook their rolled oats in water, with a pinch of salt, it’s a little too restrained for my taste. But, don’t get me wrong — I want to keep my oatmeal healthy. I’ll add a tablespoon of coconut oil, for both a creamy mouth-feel and also the metabolism-boosting qualities, along with some flavoring (like vanilla or almond extracts, depending on my taste), fresh berries or a banana, toasted nuts, and a garnish of shredded coconut. It’s a delicious breakfast that is so much better than plain-Jane oatmeal.
During the busy work week, however, I don’t have time to make (and enjoy) this weekend favorite. So, I’ve come up with this easy and healthy baked oatmeal recipe. I’ve subbed steel-cut oats for the classic rolled oats for added fiber and a nutty bite. The addition of frozen fruit adds a sweet touch that is right for breakfast (I’m toying with the idea of making this a savory oatmeal, with the addition of pesto and sundried tomatoes). Cooled and cut into bars, it’s a healthy breakfast that I can eat on the go without feeling guilty.
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This cookie recipe is a healthier alternative to others because of the added Greek yogurt, whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Greek yogurt adds extra protein, and is a substitute for a ½ cup of butter. The whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and walnuts bring in additional protein and fiber. The molasses contributes not only great flavor, but a good amount of potassium. Last, but not least, the dark chocolate is a great addition of iron, and more potassium and fiber. Just because it’s the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your health — have a treat that’s both healthy and sweet. This recipe is courtesy of Alisha Falkenstein
I love chocolate chip cookies. I have rarely looked one in the face and turned it down. But everyone needs a little variety now and again, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies provide just that. These are melty, with bittersweet dark chocolate, chewy dough, and, a surprise nutty oat flavor that makes you think these cookies are actually healthy! (Well, oats are good for you, so there’s that justification.)
These are fun and easy to make and are crazy delicious when dunked in ice-cold milk. They look particularly cute stacked in a mason jar and given as homemade gifts or party favors — give them out with an individual-sized carton of milk and your job is done!
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This apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins recipe is super basic — and dairy-free! However, if you don't have almond milk you can use regular milk (same measurement). Just make sure you soak your steel-cut oats a day in advance: pour enough boiling water over the oats to fully cover them and then store them in the refigerator overnight (drain before using in this recipe).Click here to see the 8 Ways to Use Apple Other Than Pie story.
Although this dessert can be eaten after your meal, it's also great to eat as a post-workout snack. Kristin Reisinger, a sports nutritionist and competitive figure athlete, reported in Fitness Magazine that "protein helps to repair muscle tissue and to replenish glycogen stores." Click here to see the 10 Dessert Recipes for Diabetics (Slideshow)Photo Modified: Flickr/katie