7 Ways to Make Oatmeal for a Flat Belly

1. Use natural sweeteners


Oatmeal can be made nutrient-dense through the ingredients you choose to top it with," says Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD a registered dietitian at Balance One Supplements.

2. Eat them cold


"Consuming oatmeal as a cold dish, rather than heating the oats, maintains the prebiotic resistant starch that is naturally present in the oats," says Kara Landau, NYC based RD

3. Add in protein


By adding some protein to your oatmeal in the morning, you can avoid such a carbohydrate-heavy breakfast, and therefore, avoid so much bloating.

4. Top with fruit


By doing this, you'll add in flavor and important vitamins and minerals, while keeping the calories low. Try naturally sweetening your morning oatmeal with homemade chia seed jam

5. Try steel-cut oats


Choose minimally-processed oats such as steel-cut or old-fashioned types for the most fiber and least amount of sodium," says Brenda Braslow, MS and Registered Dietitian

6. Buy plain oats—not flavored


You should stay away from instant oatmeals and flavored ones as they pack enormous amounts of added sugar," says Chris Higgins


Instead, buy steel-cut and rolled oats as they incorporate significant whole grains into your diet. These oats also provide a chewier texture and longer digestion time of


My recommendations are to use steel-cut oats and mix with either water, low-fat milk, or unsweetened plant-based milk," says Lisa Young

7. Mix with water, low-fat milk, or plant-based milk


Young also says adding fruit on top is the best way to make your bowl sweet and still make oatmeal for a flat belly. She recommends adding sliced apples or blueberries to the oatmeal before cooking.

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