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Steel Cut Oats


· 1/4 cup quick cooking steel cut oats

· Dash of cinnamon, to taste

· 1 teaspoon chia seeds

· 1/4 cup chopped banana

· 1/4 cup organic blueberries

· 1 tablespoon almond meal or 2 teaspoons almond butter

· 1% or Dairy substitute milk

· 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

1. Prepare oats according to package instructions
2. Add cinnamon, chia seeds and banana pieces halfway through cooking
3. Stir in almond meal and splash with milk until oatmeal mixture is creamy
4. Top with blueberries and garnish with unsweetened coconut, if desired. 
Makes One Serving
Why Are Steel Cut Oats Important To Your Diet?
Oats have a number of health benefits when eaten on a regular basis. They are packed with antioxidants, helping to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering blood pressure. They also lower cholesterol levels and protect LDL cholesterol from damage. Oats are filling and can assist in portion control and improving feelings of satiety. The fiber found in oats is also a helpful aide in digestion.
For individuals suffering from depression, selenium deficiency can be a contributing factor. Oatmeal with chia seeds is an easy way to incorporate selenium rich foods into your diet. 
Click on the image below for Therese’s thoughts on oats and chia as a source of selenium.

Therese Bonanni

Thérèse Bonanni MS, RDN, has worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. She practices evidenced-based medical nutrition therapy including but not limited to: weight management, metabolic disorders (pre/diabetes), pre/postnatal nutrition, GI-related conditions (Celiac Disease, IBS/IBD, GERD) and cardiovascular issues (hypertension, high cholesterol). Thérèse provides customized meal plans, recipes and food journal analysis, among other services. She is passionate about teaching her clients that nutrition is about all you can eat, not what you can’t. A former editor for Prevention magazine, Thérèse also created and developed recipes for The O2 Diet, Slim Calm Sexy Diet and The New You & Improved Diet books, which have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show and Access Hollywood. Her work has also appeared in Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest and Shape magazines. Thérèse holds a B.A. in Communications from Boston College and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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