Oats are one of the most popular whole grains, and for good reason. Registered dietitian Jackie Ballou Erdos, MS, CDN, owner of Balancing Act Nutrition, is a huge fan, but she recommends steel-cut oats. "Since these oats are less processed than rolled oats, they are digested more slowly and contribute to less spikes in blood sugar, which helps to maintain energy levels and keep you feeling full longer," she said.
Registered dietitian Stephanie Ferrari, MS, recommends oatmeal for breakfast because it's high in fiber and can be paired with other satisfying foods like nuts, seeds, and fruit. She shared a genius hack to increase the protein in your bowl: soak or cook your oats with milk (or soy milk). "This power breakfast is a great way to start your day and will help you stay satisfied until lunch so that you don't overeat," she told POPSUGAR. "It's a great food for weight loss for that reason."
Serving size: 1/2 cup dry steel-cut oats
Carbs: 31 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 4 grams
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