Having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is one of the best ways to start your day. Whether you prepare it with water or milk, it's a good source of protein and, more importantly, fiber, so you'll feel fuller for longer.
Is your LDL cholesterol (that's the bad kind) high? Follow your doctor's advice, and have a bowl of oatmeal every day. Doing so is believed to lower it.
There are three different kinds of good-for-you oatmeal (none of these is the sugary flavored oatmeal that comes in individual packets):
Eating Well explains the cooking instructions for each type and shares some of its favorite toppings. One serving of each type of oatmeal below is about 150 calories and 4 grams of fiber, plus whatever toppings you use.
We particularly love using cranberries and white chocolate chips (not too many or you defeat the purpose!), bananas and blueberries or shredded carrots, raisins, cinnamon, and a pinch of brown sugar (yum!) as toppings.