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Knock out your fiber needs with cholesterol-lowering oatmeal! Just one serving of oatmeal (1/2 cup dry) has 2 grams of soluble fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 grams or more of soluble fiber daily decreases your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
We've got tasty ways to get your day started right by enjoying high-fiber oatmeal. For each bowl, start with 1/2 cup of instant or dry oatmeal. Cook according to package directions, then add our delicious themed toppings.
Read on for the oatmeal recipes, plus bonus recipes featuring heart-healthy oats.
You'll definitely love the pumpkin flavor in this sweet bowl of oatmeal.
2 tablespoons fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon pumpkin butter
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Nutrition: 137 cal., 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 44 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 2 g fiber, 4 g pro.
This recipe is a staff favorite! The oats blend right in with the hash browns for a south-of-the-border taste.
1/4 cup cooked hash brown potatoes
2 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tablespoon salsa
Nutrition: 244 cal., 11 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 13 mg chol., 310 mg sodium, 29 g carb., 3 g fiber, 8 g pro.
Get whisked away to the tropics with a bet-you-never-tried-it combo of flavors in this oatmeal.
1 tablespoon macadamia nuts, chopped
2 tablespoons toasted, shredded coconut
2 tablespoons dried pineapple
Nutrition: 262 cal., 13 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 54 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 4 g fiber, 5 g pro.
This oatmeal recipe proves that you can still enjoy bacon on a heart-healthy diet if you eat it in moderation.
1 strip chopped, cooked bacon
2 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons diced tomato
1 tablespoon sliced green onion
Nutrition: 172 cal., 8 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 17 mg chol., 295 mg sodium, 16 g carb., 2 g fiber, 10 g pro.
Crisp apples, granola, and almonds put bite in your oatmeal bowl.
1/2 cup chopped apple
2 tablespoons low-fat granola
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice
Nutrition: 200 cal., 6 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 40 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 5 g fiber, 6 g pro.
Pure indulgence, this sweet treat hardly seems like another boring oatmeal breakfast.
1/4 cup fat-free whipped dessert topping
2 tablespoons pecans
1 tablespoon sugar-free caramel dessert topping
Nutrition: 252 cal., 12 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 45 mg sodium, 34 g carb., 3 g fiber, 4 g pro.
Bring trail mix to your breakfast table by tossing the grab-and-go bits on your oatmeal.
2 tablespoons mix dried fruit bits
2 tablespoons dry-roasted mixed nuts
1 tablespoon flaxseed
Nutrition: 276 cal., 14 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 18 mg sodium, 33 g carb., 6 g fiber, 8 g pro.
Can't get enough oats? Read on for even more recipes that use this heart-smart whole grain.
Tired of oatmeal by the bowl? Use up your supply of oats in these fiber-filled recipes that you can enjoy by yourself or make for a crowd.
Crunchy oats mingle with chopped pecans in a tasty bar that comes in at less than 150 calories per serving.
If a recipe has "crisp" in its name, there's a good chance that oats are inside. This rich treat calls for just nine ingredients.