muesli-1376575_640Oatmeal is made of oat groats that have either been ground, crushed, steel-cut, or rolled. Ground oats are also called “white oats”. Steel-cut oats are known as “coarse oatmeal” or “Irish oatmeal”.

Oats are one of the highest-protein whole grains, and their vitamin and mineral content can’t be beat.

1 cup of cooked oats has: 166 calories, 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. It is also chock-full of manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and zinc!

Of course, those nutrients aren’t just there to make oats look impressive. They’re also key to good health. You see, oats are rich in soluble fiber, which plays an important role in your body. For example, it can help you lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. Oats can help reduce your risk of diabetes too. What a great grain food!

For a delicious way to use healthy oatmeal, see our recipe for easy Berry Banana Overnight Oatmeal.