Healthy Hot Cereal

Healthy Hot Cereal

By Brian Higginson, RD, CD
Clinical Nutrition Specialist

Of course oatmeal can stand alone on its heart-healthy merits. But in this easy new recipe—and with a couple of nutritionally charged ingredients—our old favorite gets an impressive makeover. Serves 4.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring the water to boil
  2. Stir in oats, wheat germ, and flax.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in raisins, and cinnamon. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.

Per serving: 235 calories, 8 gm protein, 43 gm carbohydrate, 5 gm fat, 1 gm sat fat, 1 gm mono fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 7 gm fiber, 10 mg sodium

THE SEASONED COOK Double the hot cereal recipe on the weekend and microwave portions weekdays. Flax seed is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and helps boost the HDL cholesterol level. Put a freshly ground tablespoon on any morning breakfast. 

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