Oatmeal is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which has been shown to reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease through its lowering effect on cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Plus, it’s anti-inflammatory and nourishes the good bacteria in your gut. Soluble fiber tends to be well tolerated by people following low roughage or low fiber diets.
1/2 cup dry rolled oats (choose gluten-free if necessary)
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp milk or milk alternative (e.g. unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter (almond butter also works well)
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tbsp chia seeds, optional
Optional toppings: fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes
Combine ingredients (through chia) in a glass container (e.g. Mason jar) and mix well. Cover and place in fridge overnight. Remove oatmeal from fridge in the morning and add optional toppings. Enjoy!