Adding oatmeal to your diet -

Adding oatmeal to your diet

Oatmeal as a breakfast standard is unrivaled, because it packs a protein punch. But our food pro, Devin Alexander, says that adding it to your lunch and dinner dishes is a great way to sneak in some fiber.

"Now you may be thinking that oatmeal is boring, but there are so many different ways to flavor it," says Devin. "One of my favorites I call Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. Literally take some pumpkin, as if you're making pumpkin pie, some pumpkin pie spice, and a little bit of sweetener. I use agave nectar, though you can just use sugar. And you mix it together."

For lunch or dinner, she suggests crusting chicken breasts in oatmeal rather than breadcrumbs, which have less nutrients. You can even use them to make Devin's "New Favorite Meatballs."

New Favorite Meatballs

olive oil spray
2  egg whites
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound 96% lean ground beef

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a large nonstick baking sheet with the olive oil spray.

In a medium bowl, using a fork, mix together the egg whites, oats, and milk until well combined. Add the parsley, onion, oregano, garlic powder, salt and crushed red pepper flakes and mix until combined. Mix in the beef until well combined.

Make 32 uniform meatballs, each about 1 1/4" diameter (use a cookie scoop or 2 tablespoons for ease). Roll the balls with your hands and arrange, not touching, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink inside.


As you can see, oatmeal can be really versatile. So be creative with it!

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