Think outside the (sweet) box when preparing oatmeal: Instead of adding sugar, honey, or maple syrup, experiment with savory ingredients such as nuts, avocado, turkey bacon, low-sodium soy sauce, sriracha sauce, scallions, sesame seeds, sweet potatoes, sautéed vegetables (like mushrooms, red peppers, or onions), herbs, and spices.
Some recipes for “savory oatmeal” call for a little cheese or top the oatmeal off with an egg.
Use any kind of oats—whole, steel cut, or rolled (regular or instant); all are rich in fiber and nutrients.
And don’t limit savory oatmeal to breakfast time only. Depending on what you put in it, it can make a healthful snack or even a satisfying lunch or dinner.
For some recipe ideas, go to 5 Savory Spins on Oatmeal Bowls from the Food Network.