The Perfect Way to Start Your Day: Oatmeal
Hi there beautiful! Did you have your oatmeal this morning? We sure hope you did! Oatmeal has been proven to be one of the most beneficial foods for your body, yet it is still overlooked by many. Don't under estimate the power of these tiny little oat flakes. Not only does oatmeal have great nutritional value, but it could also assist with you having a better quality of life health wise. Now on to the fun facts... WHOLE GRAIN OATS
Whole grain oats are a great source of fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and iron. Whole grain oats have also been recommended to reduce the risk of diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It is the plant chemical, lignans, in oatmeal that researchers believe prevents heart diseases. Also, it could lower your cholesterol. Sounds good to me!
Oh, what a beautiful thing! Since oatmeal is a large source of fiber, your hunger will be satisfied longer. So, if you have oatmeal for breakfast, it could reduce the chances of you cramming in sugary or high fat foods in between breakfast and lunch to satisfy that hunger. Oats are also a significant energy booster and could alter your metabolism. According to www.eatmoreoats.com, oats "enhance performance when ingested 45 minutes to 1 hour before exercise of moderate intensity." Oatmeal could be a great assist to your weight loss journey.
*Fun tip: You do not have to actually have a bowl of oatmeal. You could blend a serving of oats with your morning smoothie and have the same results.
AVOID PREPACKAGED OATS
To be on the safe side, stay away from oats that are prepackaged. Although prepackaged oatmeal may seem like the simpler route, be mindful of the ingredients. If you notice that it contains more than one ingredient and the sugar and sodium content is higher, avoid it. In most cases, prepackaged oatmeal is also lower in beneficial fiber which is not a good thing. Processed "instant" oatmeal contains a lot of artificial sweeteners and fillers. Try steel cut oats or quick oats, which have more nutritional value.
Spice up your oatmeal by adding nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Nuts and fresh fruit are also perfect pairs with oatmeal. If you want to sweeten your oats in a healthier way, try 100% natural honey. One of my favorite ways to get my oats in for breakfast is adding it to my smoothie and it blends right in. Pure genius!
So with that being said, I hope you consider working oatmeal into your breakfast menu. The benefits are amazing and are so worth it! Feel free to comment and share any tips/facts that you have!
As always my loves,
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