At this point, I think we all know that oatmeal is truly one of the best breakfast foods you can eat for weight loss and an overall healthy lifestyle because of its fiber, protein, and overall nutritional value. "Oats are super high in fiber, which is great for promoting weight loss and a healthy digestive system," says Courtney D'Angelo, MS, RD, author at GoWellness.
And what is unique about the fiber in oatmeal is that it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which work together to help your body process the food you eat in a healthy way as well as keep your digestion regular.
But when it comes to choosing the best way to make our oatmeal in the morning, how do we know which is best?
"As an RD, I'm not a huge fan of the instant oatmeal packets because they're filled with sugar, artificial ingredients, and are usually much higher in sodium," says D'Angelo, "and even though it's probably the quickest and most convenient way to eat oatmeal, it's not a healthy option for weight loss and should be avoided if possible."
So according to D'Angelo, the best way to prepare oatmeal for weight loss is by making overnight oatmeal with rolled oats and healthy ingredients!
Read on to learn more about how D'Angelo suggests making the best weight loss oatmeal, and for more healthy eating tips make sure to check out The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
Why are overnight oats the best way to prepare oatmeal for weight loss?
While there are many ways to make oatmeal, there are a couple things that are unique about overnight oats that make them the best way to prepare oatmeal for weight loss.
You can add weight loss-friendly ingredients to overnight oats.
Unlike instant oat packets that are limited to just instant oats, sugar, and spices, you can construct your overnight oats in a way that gives you even more nutritional value.
"You can prepare your overnight oats with different nut milks for protein and a natural sweetness, you can use berries for a great source of antioxidants, and you can add zero-calorie spices like cinnamon on top for added flavor," says D'Angelo.
Overnight oats are easy to grab when you're in a time crunch in the morning.
After you've selected which nutritional ingredients you want for your oats, you can prepare your oatmeal ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge until morning. Having breakfast prepared ahead of time will help you have something to grab on the go instead of pulling through the fast-food drive-through.
Making overnight oats
Making overnight oats is extremely simple, which is why it's such a good oatmeal choice for weight loss. All you'll need are rolled oats, your milk of choice, whatever toppings you want to mix in, and a jar or container with a lid to put in the refrigerator overnight.
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