If you have been following me for awhile, or know me at all in my personal life. You know what I eat oats in some shape or form, every single day. I seem to have either oatmeal, protein pancakes or some type of baked good with oatmeal in it every single day, no joke. It’s something that makes me feel full and satisfied and is actually extremely good for you. Trust me, I wasn’t always a fan of oatmeal, I used to think it was mushy, plain and boring, but have since learned that you can add so many different toppings, sweeteners, etc to change it up every single day that it has quickly become something that I’m excited to eat every morning. Here are some of the health benefits to help you get on the oatmeal train along with me:
A cup of oats packs 5 g of protein and an impressive 4 g of fibre, which helps regulate your body’s sugar usage, hold your hunger in check and keeps you, regular. Studies also link increased dietary fibre intake with lower body weight, cholesterol levels and risk of type two diabetes. To top it all off oatmeal’s rich in tons of good-for-you minerals, such as phosphorus and magnesium.
For the low cost of just $2 for a 2kg bag at my local Walmart, I was sold on switching up my morning routine. Here’s what happened when I swapped my morning cereal for oatmeal every day:
I found out exactly how I like my oatmeal.
That is, with sliced banana, cinnamon, natural peanut butter, a bit of vanilla, and either a touch of maple syrup or brown sugar. Sometimes I switch it up with chopped nuts, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, protein powder, berries or chocolate chips.
I started skipping my morning snack.
My protein-packed breakfast kept me fuller far longer than my usual smoothie, cereal or bacon and eggs. Normally I start looking around for a snack around 10 AM, but my oatmeal kept me satisfied until closer to noon, and sometimes even longer than that. Sure, some days I still need a snack earlier on, but I noticed a major difference in the frequency of my morning hunger pangs—especially if I use milk instead of water to cook my typical bowl of oats.
If your looking to up your micro-nutrient intake, feel fuller longer, or are just looking for a healthier way to start your day. Give oats a try!