Add some oomph to your oats | Health Beat

Nuts and berries add a new dimension of nutrition to a bowl of oats by boosting the fiber and antioxidant content. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Want to add pizzazz to your morning bowl of oats? Here’s how to spice things up and boost the nutrition.

Oats are rich in important minerals like manganese, which plays a role in controlling blood sugar. They also happen to be very high in fiber, important for gut and heart health.

Nuts and seeds are great toppings for oats that you might be enjoying already. But adding fruit and spices boosts the antioxidant level of your breakfast with very few extra calories.

The following recipe hits the mark on many counts.

It includes turmeric, a healing spice with thousands of medical studies behind it. Turmeric also tastes great when combined with fruit, so this recipe includes mango, rich in vitamins A and C, among others.

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