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Published on November 28, 2016

Oatmeal Bowl

Oatmeal: An Overnight Breakfast Sensation

Need a quick and hearty breakfast? Consider oatmeal! Oatmeal has many nutritional qualities as it’s a whole grain, containing 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving to help keep you full longer!

Avera clinical dietitian Janine Albers, RD, LN offers this insightful information about the heart-healthy nature and the nutritional benefits that go along with oatmeal's creamy taste:

Boosts Heart Health

Foods rich in whole oat sources of soluble fiber have been linked to good heart health and lowering of the LDL or “Lousy” cholesterol. Oatmeal also contains both calcium and potassium, which are known to reduce blood pressure numbers.

Supports Weight Loss

Oatmeal is an appetite suppressor that can be an integral part of any weight loss diet. Cholecystokinin, a hunger-fighting hormone, is increased with the oatmeal compound beta-glucan.

Prevents Diabetes

Oatmeal’s low-glycemic index is beneficial when it comes to reducing the risk of diabetes. This helps the stomach empty its contents slowly, which jas a beneficial effect on blood-sugar levels and also has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity.

Try this overnight slower cooker oatmeal recipe and wake up to a quick and easy on-the-go breakfast!

Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Makes 4 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Combine water, oats and salt in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover with the lid and cook on low overnight, about 7-8 hours.
  3. In the morning wake up to whole-grain goodness!

Top cooked oatmeal with:

  • Nuts for extra protein and healthy fats
  • Fresh fruit such as blueberries or strawberries for additional fiber

Note: You can store leftover cooked oatmeal in the refrigerator to have throughout the week.

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