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Did you know that November is also National Diabetes Month? I know, Thanksgiving usually gets all the attention! However, diabetes is a growing public health issue with more than 29 million Americans diagnosed with the disease. Making healthy choices while also navigating the challenges of diabetes can be tough. Luckily, registered dietitians like me are there to help!
Incorporating whole grains into your diet and limiting sugar are two healthy diet changes I often talk about with my clients. Getting in a serving of whole grains at breakfast is a great way to start your day and oats are one of my favorite whole grains. The only problem with oatmeal is that it can be pretty bland on its own and store bought instant oatmeal often has a lot of added sugar. This chai spiced oatmeal is a tasty yet healthy alternative. To flavor your oats, you steep the cooking liquid in tea, season with some more cinnamon, and then sweeten it with a little Truvia® Nectar. Why Truvia® Nectar? It is made from a blend of stevia leaf extract and honey so it has 50% fewer calories than sugar. Plus, it is twice as sweet as honey, so you only need to use half as much.
Other than flavoring my oatmeal, I love adding new variations on different healthy toppings to add variety. For this chai spiced oatmeal I added sliced apple, coconut chips, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds. However, you can easily add whatever you have on hand! I’m thinking I’ll add sliced banana and a bit of almond butter for next time I make a bowl of these oats.
- 1 cup water
- 3 bags chai tea
- ½ cup oatmeal
- ¼ cup almond milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- ½-1 teaspoon Truvia Nectar
- Add water and tea bags to a small saucepan. Heat until just about to simmer and then turn off the heat and let tea steep for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
- In the same pot, add the oatmeal, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Cook over medium--high heat, stirring frequently until liquid is absorbed. Stir in Truvia Nectar.
- Serve with additional almond milk and toppings of your choice.