We’ve heard our whole lives that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is it really the most important meal? While that claim is up for debate, let’s talk about how eating breakfast is a great way to set you up for success throughout the day.
Everyone at one time or another has fallen prey to this scenario: You woke up late and didn’t have time to eat breakfast, or you didn’t feel like making it because you had a million other things to do. Then lunch comes around and guess what? You’re too busy to eat so you skip or grab something small like an apple or granola bar. This is when the “hanger” begins to build. Your blood sugar gets a little low, you feel tired and honestly, you’re just plain hungry. Then by the time you get off work, you feel famished, so you drive home and ransack the cupboards. I’ve been there. You’ve been there. We all have. The bad part about this scenario is that while you’ve barely eaten all day, in that one episode of a binge, it's very common to overeat and consume even more calories than what you would have if you would’ve eaten three meals with a couple of snacks in between.
Getting up in the morning and starting the day off with a balanced breakfast will do many things for you:
Fills your belly and prevents those hunger pains and stomach growls that come mid-morning
Helps control your appetite throughout the day, preventing overeating later on
Encourages stable blood glucose levels throughout the day
It gives you the energy you need to take on your busy day. Food is fuel!
Since January is National Oatmeal Month, here are a few key benefits to choosing oatmeal as your breakfast. In just one ½ cup serving of oatmeal, there are 5 g of protein and 27 g of carbohydrates. Protein can be used to build different muscles, bones, skin, and even blood. Protein also helps you to feel full longer. Carbohydrates provide energy for your brain, red blood cells, and muscles. Oatmeal has fiber that aids in digestion and helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It’s filled with key nutrients including folate and other B vitamins, zinc, and iron. Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring either. You can eat it in a variety of delicious and healthy ways.
Add it to a smoothie to give you a thicker more filling consistency
Top your favorite yogurt with oat-based granola and fresh berries
Do a conventional bowl of oatmeal and top it with a mixture of nuts, nut butter, dried or fresh fruits, and pieces of dark chocolate
Buy an oat-based cereal and top it with your favorite milk and sliced bananas
Get creative and find an oatmeal pancake recipe; top them with peanut butter and your favorite fruit
Finally, oatmeal is good for up to 2 years in your pantry (but hopefully you eat it before that). For the small price of $2.50, you can buy a large container that has 30 servings. That’s a month’s worth of breakfasts for the less than a price of a latte. That is what I call a good deal!
To celebrate National Oatmeal Month and the start to a New Year, try to set aside 10 minutes of your morning to grab something for breakfast. You deserve it and you will thank yourself later. Cheers to the New Year!