Savory oats: A healthy breakfast option

Breakfast, I love you. Oatmeal, you are amazing.

What’s great about oatmeal is that it doesn’t always need to be sweet and topped with fruit. This take on oatmeal packs all the benefits of the hearty whole grain, plus protein from… drumroll… lentils!

Lentils are a staple in vegetarian diets. They can be seasoned to take on a variety of flavors… and you’ve probably seen them in curry dishes, veggie stews and on hearty salads.

Yesterday we made this savory oatmeal dish at Om, Nom — my yoga and food series at Boston Public Market. We started with 60-minutes of yoga bootcamp followed by a tasting and quick explanation of how to put together a healthy savory oatmeal bowl.

Here is the nutritional breakdown of this dish:

Calories Fat Carbs Fiber Protein Sugar
Green lentils, 1 cup 680 2 115 59 50 3.9
GF Oats, 1 cup 300 5 54 8 12 2
Sweet potato, 1 cup cubed 114 0 27 4 2.1 6
Avocado, 1 322 29 17 13 4 1
Total 1416 36 213 84 68.1 12.9
Per serving (4) 354 9 53.25 21 17.025 3.225

Now, get to cooking.


  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Healthy Savory Oatmeal


1 cup green lentils

1 cup gluten free oats

1 cup cubed sweet potato, cooked

1 avocado

1/2 cup salsa of choice

Optional toppings: eggs, mixed greens, tofu scramble



  1. Start by cooking the lentils and oats at the same time. Follow the cooking  instructions on the lentil packaging, but also add the oats and 1 extra cup of water. You can also do the cooking in a rice cooker.
  2. After the lentils are cooked, top your oats with your favorite ingredients — greens, 2 Tbsp salsa, 1/4 avocado and maybe an egg.

How about the pico de gallo?! Recipe coming this week.