Desiree Nielsen

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There’s a reason why your grandparents eat oatmeal everyday: it’s a nutritional powerhouse! Packed with tummy-soothing soluble fibre, whole grain oats support digestive health as well as heart health. Confused about the different types of oats? All are nutritious… so choose the one that works for your lifestyle! Yes, that means even unsweetened, instant oats, which are simply finely rolled and steamed to make them faster to prepare. Give them a boost with a bit of extra protein and fats like a spoonful of peanut butter or hemp hearts. Steel cut oats and thick rolled oats will offer a slightly lower glycemic impact, making them a bit more stick to your ribs. Gluten free? You can find certified gluten free oats to get more of these valuable whole grains into your diet. 

Use them in crumbles, or make my low FODMAP granola bars. One cup of cooked rolled oats has about 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fibre, plus 2 mg of iron and almost 2 mg of zinc. Looking to up your oatmeal game? My apple pie oats are maybe the most delicious oatmeal I’ve ever eaten. Need something on the go? My blackberry overnight oats are a game changer, as are my (almost) famous breakfast cookies!