Oatmeal – Makes a Healthy Breakfast!
Oatmeal is a delicious hot cereal that is definitely one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods. (I occasionally eat oatmeal as a late-night snack, too!) Oatmeal is a great option for a wholesome, nutritious breakfast meal. I remember when my mom served me oatmeal as a kid on a cold winters day, I was so happy and content! And to this day I can still say that oatmeal still gives me with that feeling of comfort one gets from eating their favorite comfort food… Although cold cereal is one of the most popular breakfast meals, you should definitely consider eating a delicious hot cereal from time to time.
Why should you eat oatmeal? A few really great health benefits… 1. Whole-Grains are good for you! 2. Helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. 3. Anti-oxidants have anti-inflammatory properties. 4. High dietary fiber content. 5. High amounts of thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, and manganese.
I like to keep it simple. I make my quick oats and then sprinkle a little brown sugar on top. Sometimes I’ll add chia seeds or flax seeds for some extra nutrition. Since there are a few different types of oatmeal, be sure to experiment so you are able to figure out which one is your favorite. Types of Oatmeal –Steel Cut, Rolled, Quick-Cooking, Old-Fashioned, Instant Oatmeal Topping or Add-In Ideas –your favorite fruit –peanut butter –cinnamon, brown sugar, sugar substitutes –raisins, flax seeds, chia seeds–yogurt (omit if you’re lactose-intolerant) Oatmeal is my favorite hot cereal that leaves me feeling full, which is partly due to the high fiber content as well as the 2 pieces of whole wheat or whole grain toast I eat with it every single time.
Be sure to buy a brand where the only ingredient is oatmeal. Most brands try to pull you in by adding flavors, but all you’re getting is about 20 ingredients that really have no health benefits to them. Instead of buying ‘blueberry-flavored oatmeal’, simply buy some fresh blueberries and add them to your oatmeal.