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.
Many already swirl this into oatmeal, but a dash of cinnamon is a great flavor addition to yogurt, too. And there's another reason to add this spice to dairy: It lowers insulin levels, which helps balance blood sugar. That's even more important in yogurt, Turner says, which is high in milk sugars. "You don't want too much sugar in the morning – it just spikes your blood sugar for the day," she says. "And cinnamon is a great way to offset the sugar content of yogurt. Turner also uses cinnamon in oatmeal when she wants to make a savory morning porridge, adding the spice along with anti-inflammatory turmeric and a dash of curry or red pepper.
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