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Oatmeal: 10 ways to amp it up

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As temperatures dip, cold cereal is out and warm breakfast is in. But if you're sick of plain old oatmeal, don't put away the heart-healthy whole grains just yet. Here are some ways to spruce up the most important meal of the day that are both flavorful and nutritious.

 

Coconut oil, ghee or nut butter: "Always add healthy fats to your oatmeal to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrates, keeping your blood sugar more stable and you feeling full and satisfied for longer," says Katrine van Wyk, Be Well Health Coach at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in Manhattan.

 

Safflower oil: This omega-6 fatty acid-rich oil is "great for the skin, providing hydration," says dermatologist Anthony Rossi of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

 

Fruit: "Adding frozen blueberries, right at the end of cooking, is a great antioxidant boost," says van Wyk. For some more antioxidants, "Pineapple, kiwi and guava all have high amounts of vitamin C, which is not only an antioxidant, but it's essential for collagen production," adds Rossi.

 

Green tea powder: "Green tea possesses a high amount of catechin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory," says Rossi.

 

Cinnamon: "Add some cinnamon to help keep your blood sugar stable -- a teaspoon is enough!" says van Wyk.

 

Seeds: "Pumpkin seeds have high amounts of zinc, which is great for cell production and new cell turnover," says Rossi. Chia and flax also "help support a healthy digestion and slow down the absorption of the carbs," adds van Wyk.

 

Kale: Add in a handful of kale towards of the end of cooking your oats, suggests van Wyk. "Kale is loaded with minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which help you feel full longer," she says. For some added boost and flavor, sprinkle some dulse, a salty seaweed, add half an avocado chopped in cubes and drizzle the whole thing with lemon juice. "Dulse contains iodine which is important for proper thyroid function," says van Wyk.

 

Almonds: "They are rich in vitamin E, which is a great antioxidant for the skin," says Rossi. "It helps prevent against UV damage and clear up free radicals that are induced in the skin."

 

Dark chocolate: "If you have a sweet tooth dark chocolate is actually good for you," says Rossi. "It's a source of flavonoids which are helpful for skin texture."

 

Coconut or nut milk: "Try cooking oats in full-fat coconut milk or home-made nut milk for some serious, creamy, deliciousness that also adds a lot of satisfying healthy fats," says van Wyk.

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