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How to Make Oatmeal 3 Ways

See 3 healthy techniques for how to make oatmeal: in a microwave, on the stove and slow-cooker oatmeal. Get topping ideas to add to your favorite oatmeal recipe. Learn the difference between steel-cut oats, quick-cooking oats and rolled oats.

Oatmeal is the number-one food you should be eating for breakfast because it has soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol, prevent your blood sugar from spiking and keep you feeling full longer. So today, I'm going to show you three healthy ways to make oatmeal. Now, there are three types of oatmeal. Quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned—also known as rolled oats—and steel-cut oats, and all of them are healthy choices . Quick-cooking oats are just like their name. They only take a minute or two to cook. Old-fashioned oats are slightly thicker than the quick-cooking oats and they take about five minutes to cook, and then steel-cut oats aren't rolled and they take the longest to cook. They simmer for about a half an hour or so. But, I'm going to show a trick to make them ready when you are. All right, first quickest way to cook is in the microwave. I start with a half a cup of quick-cooking oats, combine those with one cup of water in a two-cup microwavable bowl and then microwave on High for one and a half to two minutes. The second way to cook oatmeal is on the stovetop. I bring one cup of water (or you could use nonfat or low-fat milk)...add a pinch of salt…bring that to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in a half a cup of old-fashioned oats and reduce the heat to medium. Cook—you can stir it occasionally—for about five minutes. Remove from the heat, cover it, let it stand for about two or three minutes and it's ready. Finally, the third—and actually the easiest—way to cook steel-cut oats is to cook them overnight in your slow cooker. Now, in a five- or six-quart slow cooker, you combine water, steel-cut oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt. Put the lid on. Turn the heat on to Low and cook it until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy. That takes about seven or eight hours. Final tip on how to do a healthy oatmeal breakfast is to make sure your toppings are healthy. Now, a few of my favorites: dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, cherries or fresh fruits such as blueberries or bananas. Those are great options because they add more fiber. Or, try sprinkling with nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios. Those all add healthy fats and make it more filling, too. Then try a little spice like cinnamon or cardamom. Plain yogurt can add a little protein. And that's it. For these recipes and more healthy recipes, come to eatingwell.com.
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