The Right Way to Prepare Oatmeal and 5 Tips for Making It Better (Page 5)

4. Design Your Own Flavors

Add-ins make any oatmeal better-tasting, but they also make it more nutritious. Topping oatmeal with your favorite fruit adds more fiber and nuts add healthy fats and make it more filling too. Here's are some healthy oatmeal add-ins:

• Add a fruit:
  ⸰ Dried fruit (such as raisins, cranberries, cherries or chopped apricots or dates)
  ⸰ Fresh or frozen berries
  ⸰ Applesauce
  ⸰ Jam or preserves
  ⸰ Chopped or sliced fresh fruit (such as bananas or apples)

• Add nuts and seeds (toast nuts to bring out their flavor):
  ⸰ Almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios or peanuts
  ⸰ Sesame seeds, ground flaxseeds or chia seeds

• Add just a little bit of sweetener:
  ⸰ Maple syrup
  ⸰ Brown sugar
  ⸰ Honey

• Season with spices:
  ⸰ Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or cardamom

• Top with dairy:
  ⸰ Add more calcium by topping with a little bit of yogurt or milk

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