6 Easy Ways to Make Breakfast Oatmeal Even Healthier

From getting in your greens to adding the right kind of sweetness, here are six ways to make your oatmeal healthier—and even more delicious if you ask us! 

A comforting bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning is a healthy breakfast any way you look at it, but there are lots of ways to punch up the nutrition even more. Let's take a look!

1. Add pureed spinach

You'd be surprised how much pureed spinach you can add to something before you even begin to taste it—a few tablespoons, at least, which amounts to a couple fistfuls. Yes, really! And this makes it one of the easiest ways to get disease-fighting nutrients like vitamins C, E, and A into your diet. Not to mention antioxidants! To puree, simply stuff your blender with spinach (it will reduce by A LOT when pureed), add a tablespoon or two of water—just enough to get it to blend—then hit the ON switch! Store in a sealed container for up to a week, or freeze it for later in a resealable plastic freezer bag. (Lay the plastic bag flat to freeze, or freeze in ice cube trays to start, then transfer to the bag.)


Cranberry-Orange Spiced Oatmeal
Tammy Lynn

2. Top with antioxidant-rich fruits

Blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, and raspberries are antioxidant-rich fruits that contribute to a healthy diet. And not only do they all add a sweet burst of flavor, they're also easy on the eyes. Top oatmeal with fresh berries when they're in season, or stock up on the frozen variety.

3. Add a protein boost

Top your oatmeal with nuts, seeds, or even cooked quinoa to get more protein in every bite. A breakfast high in protein can help you stay full longer and keep cravings at bay. The possibilities are endless, but here are a handful of ideas to get you started: slivered almonds, cashews, walnuts, hemp seeds, or chia seeds. Don't love the texture of seeds and nuts? Try nut butters! From cashew cream to almond butter, simply add a couple spoonfuls and they'll melt right in and create an extra creamy bowl.

4. Choose natural sweeteners

Sticking with natural sweeteners that still contain vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are always a healthier alternative to refined sugars. Some great options? Raw honey, real maple syrup, coconut sugar, and dates (blend a handful together with a little water to create something pourable—be sure to remove the pits first).

5. Try steel cut oats

All oats are processed to a certain extent, but steel cut oats go through the least amount of processing. So, what does that mean? Less processing means more fiber and protein in every bowl, keeping you fuller, longer, and generally giving your body more umph to get through the day. Or at least until lunch!

6. Spice it up

The health benefits packed into some of your favorite spices are a great reason to sprinkle some on your toasty bowl of oatmeal. Cinnamon is yet another great source of antioxidants, helps reduce inflammation and cholesterol, and can lower blood sugar. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflamatory, helps boost brain function, and reduces the risk of heart disease, among other benefits! Ginger is also known for it's anti-inflammatory properties and can calm nausea.

Check out our complete collection of Oatmeal Recipes.


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