So we've all heard how we should try to incorporate more oats/oatmeal into our day, right?? Of course, it's chalk full of soluble fiber (hence the cholesterol lowering), has a nice dabble of protein to help keep you satiated, and we have the handful of nutrients (iron, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, etc). Economically nutritious and fast, it's no wonder why this has been an American staple. Here, in the south, oatmeal is less frequently consumed (helloooo grits!) and I've often found myself encouraging patients to not only eat the warmed oats but explains how to eat them - and what the variations are so you can choose what works best for you. There's always an option. ;)
Option 1 - Steel Cut Oats
Give yourself 5 minutes the night before to throw 3 cups water or plant-based milk + 1 cup steel cup oats + whatever add-ins you'd like = cook in slow cooker 5-6 hours on low for delicious, piping hot oats in the morning. You can also cook on the stove but allow for a solid 30 minutes for these oat kernels to cook.
See, steel cut oats take the longest time to cook because the outer fibrous shell, the "hull" has not been stripped away by processing so it has the highest fiber of the oat options. However, old-fashioned oats, oat flakes that have only part of the fiber removed are a solid alternative.