Easy Oatmeal Recipes for Weight Loss and Heart Health

Life is busy, especially this time of year!  It can be difficult to get out the door on time let alone put together a satisfying and nutritious breakfast.

If you’re always on the hunt for quick and healthy recipes that can help you lose weight, improve heart health, and just make your mornings easier, we have some recipes for you with these make-ahead oatmeal choices.  The good news is that you can easily adjust any of these recipes to fit your own taste, and they all make the most of humble (and budget-friendly) whole grain, oats.

Oats, like other whole grains, are versatile choices packed with fiber and B vitamins to support a healthy diet.  Research continues to highlight the importance of whole grains for weight loss, maintaining a healthy weight, managing blood sugar and even lowering the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.  What better way to start your day than with a breakfast that treats you so well

Oats aren’t the only whole grain that can make your mornings tastier and more nutritious.  Quinoaamaranth and buckwheat are also great options. 

If you’re thinking “Oatmeal.  Been there, done that,” think again.  These refrigerator oatmeal recipes will have you begging for more with less work and loads of health benefits.  Some of our favorites on the list include:

  • Mango Almond Refrigerator Oatmeal
  • Banana Cocoa Refrigerator Oatmeal
  • Raspberry Vanilla Refrigerator Oatmeal

You may also want to give these more decadent overnight oats recipes a try:

Go wild, and mix and match ingredients such as nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, different types of whole grains and even nut butters to find the flavors and textures that work best for your taste buds.  Which of these oatmeal recipes are you planning to try today? 

If you still prefer a hot and soothing oatmeal breakfast, check out this video from Chef Keith Snow and the Whole Grains Council on how to cook steel cut oats, or stop by a participating Healthy Dining restaurant for one of these steamy hot bowls of whole grain goodness to get your day started right!