Healthy Oatmeal Toppings You’re Going to Love

Quick, steel-cut, old fashioned, or instant—however you like your oats, you have to admit they’re not the most exciting breakfast in the world. My husband eats oatmeal for breakfast almost every single day of his life and even a die hard “Oatie” like him gets tired of oatmeal sometimes.

Fortunately, oatmeal is an easy food to punch up. All you need to do is add a new topping and you’ve got a new flavor for every single day of the week. Add in a little flax and you’ve got a superfood that can’t be beat. If you’ve been thinking about improving your health by incorporating more oatmeal into your diet, here are a few quick ways to make breakfast a little less bland.

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Fruit is the favorite topping of most oatmeal eaters. The hearty taste of oatmeal lends itself very well to a variety of fruit flavors. If you’re dieting, you’ll probably want to stick to berries, which give you the maximum amount of flavor for just a few calories, but higher-calorie bananas are a good choice too. Try to pick a fruit that’s in season and keep an open mind. After all, who says pineapple doesn’t have a place in oatmeal?


I think nuts and oats together are a little dry, but nuts, oats and brown sugar is right up my alley. Walnuts are one of the healthiest nuts around. They’ve been linked with lower body mass index, reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes and they’re extremely versatile. However, almost any nut will do. Pecans, cashews, or anything else that you have on hand will work well with oatmeal.


A spoonful of sugar helps the oatmeal go down, but go easy on the white stuff. Instead, try a spoonful of brown sugar or a little extract to add a little zing to your oatmeal. If you really want to treat yourself, spoon in a little dark chocolate. Not only is it delicious (chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, anyone?), dark chocolate also has a surprising amount of health benefits.


Believe it or not, vegetables pair up fairly well with oatmeal. Give some a try and you’ll see. A little shaved carrots, a few sliced zucchini (you can even mix the zucchini with chocolate if you’re feeling daring) and even eggplant are all great ways to get one of your five daily servings of veggies in every day.

If you’d like to learn more about how to change poor dietary habits, talk to your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to explain the importance of healthy nutrition for lasting health. Your chiropractor is your partner in wellness and would love to have the opportunity to discuss how you can get on the road to feeling better through natural and holistic means.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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