Why It's a Must Have: Steel cut oats, which are oat ‘groats’ (or whole, minimally processed oats) chopped into pieces by a steel mill, are nutritional superstars, Cooper says. Full of fiber, protein and iron, a breakfast of steel cut oats is a great way to start the day. “They provide 4 to 5 grams of heart-healthy dietary fiber and 5 to 7 grams of protein per serving, a considerable amount for a plant-based food. Plus, oats are also a good source of iron.” (And we just love them in this delicious recipe for steel-cut oatmeal with a crispy maple crust).
Budget Bonus: Since steel cut oats have become more popular among more nutrition-conscious consumers, many brands have started to offer this nuttier-tasting product, says Cooper. She recommends buying in bulk or trying store brands to save.
Recipe to Try:
Good Morning Oatmeal