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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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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