Think you're eating healthy by adding agave to your Greek yogurt and unfiltered maple syrup to your oatmeal? Yeah, well, not so much. These and other add-ins for yogurt and oatmeal only boost blood sugar and work against the inherent health advantages of both – yogurt is high in protein and healthy gut bacteria, while oatmeal is loaded with soluble fiber, which may help lower bad LDL cholesterol, and helps you feel full. So what should your stir into yogurt and oatmeal? Here, eight healthful options, according to holistic nutritionist Lisa Turner of InspiredEating.com.
Ground flax seeds may be popular with the health-food set, but as an add-in to yogurt and oatmeal, they aren't the most healthful. "Why would you use flax when you can use chia?" Turner says. Chia has double the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fat, nearly twice the fiber, and even slightly more protein than ground flax. Better still, you don't have to grind chia seeds, says Turner – unlike flax, they can be digested whole. Chia is also a neutral flavor. "If I'm going to be pouring this stuff in my oatmeal, I don't want it to taste like a flax," Turner concludes. Don't like chia? Try hemp seeds: Although they don't have quite the gold-star nutrition as chia seeds, they're still high in protein, fiber, and omega-3s, and add a slightly nutty taste to yogurt and oatmeal.
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