5 Savory Oatmeal Toppings

Give your routine oatmeal a major makeover.

5 Savory Oatmeal Toppings

By Reina Berger

Oatmeal is often considered the ultimate nutritious breakfast food. Packed with calcium, potassium, and heart-healthy fiber, oats score major points in the health department and keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning long. While sweet toppings like fresh fruit, brown sugar, and raisins are typically par for the course, there’s something to be said for switching to the savory side. If you want to give your staple breakfast a makeover, check out these outside-the-box toppings for inspiration.


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Eggs

If it bums you out that your oatmeal is lacking in protein, eggs are a delicious solution to your problem. Along with fueling your muscles and keeping you even fuller for longer, you will also get a more creamy, buttery final product thanks to the delicious and vitamin-packed yolks. The beauty of eggs is how they can blend in so seamlessly and unassumingly, so that you can go in a thousand different directions with the rest of your toppings.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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