12 Ways to Eat Oats Other Than OatmealArticle posted in: Nutrisystem
You love yourself a piping hot bowl of oatmeal, flavored with bananas and nuts, apples and cinnamon, or even maple syrup and brown sugar. You like it cold, too—made overnight and right out of the fridge. And that’s good, because oats are excellent for your health: they’ve got lots of vitamins and minerals, plenty of antioxidants and are packed with filling fiber. Research even shows that they may reduce your risks of coronary artery disease and colorectal cancer.
But a bowl of oatmeal isn’t the only way to get this good-for-you food into your diet. Here are 12 ready-to-eat meals and snacks, all from Nutrisystem and made with tasty oats.
One bite will bring you right back to your childhood days, sitting at your grandmother’s kitchen table with a moist, chewy, raisin-filled cookie in hand and cold glass of milk for dunking. As an adult, however, you’ll appreciate that the sweet treat contains rolled oats as the first ingredient, plus five grams of protein and four grams of fiber per cookie. Click here to try our Oatmeal Raisin Cookie! >
Peanut lovers, this bar is for you: Not only does it contain a healthy helping of your favorite nut alongside granola and crisps, but it’s also (very generously) drizzled with creamy peanut butter to offer six satisfying grams of protein in one perfect breakfast bar. Try our Peanut Butter Oat Bar! >
Craving a sweet start to your morning? This granola is up to the task. The decadent combo of real cocoa powder and chocolate with the crunch of rolled oat clusters will taste like you’re splurging, but trust that you’re not: Each serving is only 140 calories per bag, yet loaded with 10 grams of protein and nine grams of fiber to fill you up (not out). Click here to try our Chocolate and Hazelnut Flavored Granola! >
It’s got the goods you’d expect: real apples, cinnamon and that creamy, quintessential strudel icing. But this lightened-up take on the classic dessert is also a good source of protein. It’s easy to eat when you want something quick, sweet and full of filling oats for breakfast. Try our Apple Strudel Bar! >
Forget the drive-thru on a rushed morning. Just toss this tasty oat cake into your bag, plus a couple in your car and a few in your desk, and you’ll always have an easy, no-prep breakfast at your fingertips. Baked with rolled oats and raisins, and sweetened with cinnamon and brown sugar, each chewy square contains 160 calories. It also offers five hearty grams of fiber and six grams of protein for a satisfying start to a busy day. Click here to try our Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oat Square! >
It looks like a chocolate-covered candy bar. With gooey marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate morsels, it tastes like one, too. What makes this s’mores-inspired lunch bar different: it satisfies not just your sweet tooth, but also your appetite. That’s because it’s made with rolled oats and has a whopping 14 grams of protein that’ll help you stay full, and stave off late-day cravings. Try our Chocolaty Fudge Graham Bar! >
Cranberries and raisins and nuts, oh my! That trail mix trio of ingredients combines with rice crispies and oats to create a bar that has lots of chew and plenty of texture in every bite. Peanuts and almonds up the protein count to a total of seven grams. And at only 160 calories, this breakfast bar provides the perfect energizing morning boost. Click here to try our Harvest Nut Oat Bar! >
Can’t choose between an oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookie for your snack? Then have a bit of both—at the same time. This clever combo melds the soft, chewiness of an oatmeal cookie with sweet chunks of chocolate into one absolutely delicious treat that will satisfy your hankering for cookies, and still keep your weight loss on track. Try our Chocolate Chunk Cookie! >
If you love a little cereal for breakfast, these sweet and crunchy clusters of rolled oats, puffed rice and cinnamon are an excellent choice. Eat it the old-fashioned way with milk alone, or sprinkle the cereal over a mix of berries and yogurt for a heartier meal. Each serving of granola contains four grams of fiber, five grams of protein and just 150 calories. Click here to try our Granola Cereal! >
Cinnamon buns are among the most decadent—and likely unhealthiest—of breakfasts. But when the flavors are reimagined into a ready-to-eat bar made from rolled oats and rice, you can indulge, guilt-free. Bursting with cinnamon, the chewy breakfast bar is dipped and drizzled in a buttery frosting to get that super sweet taste you love. And the best part: it contains seven grams of protein, five grams of fiber and only 150 calories per bar. Try our Cinnamon Bun Bar! >
Sweet butter, brown sugar, and honey—enough said? If not, here’s a little more: that combo coats the oats to keep the bar soft and chewy, with a fresh-out-of-the-oven flavor. Real chocolate chips are baked into the breakfast treat that’s a good source of fiber . Click here to try our Chocolate Chip Baked Bar! >
Enjoy the flavors of fresh strawberries in yogurt packed into a perfectly portable lunch bar. Featuring 10 grams of protein and six grams of fiber, this tasty midday meal serves up a layer of strawberry flavored filling and a ribbon of jam inside a delicious yogurt flavored shell. Try our Strawberry Yogurt Flavored Bar! >