Friday, September 9, 2011

A little oatmeal goes a long, long way…


This iconic breakfast staple remains one of the best options for a morning repast. (Not only that, but you can really eat it any time of day!)

Numerous studies have shown that eating oatmeal can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The abundance of soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or "bad" cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs.

The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water, which significantly slows down your digestive process making you feel full longer. Therefore, oatmeal can help you control your weight (if that is a concern).

New research also suggests that eating oatmeal can reduce the risk for type-2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods helps to control blood glucose levels, reducing the spike in blood sugar, which helps squash love-handle cravings.

Oatmeal with strawberries, almond
milk, sprinkle cereal
Moreover, those who go to the gym after breakfast should take heed of several studies reporting that consuming low-glycemic foods such as oats before exercise increases your body’s fat-burning capabilities while sweating it out.

Try to stick with the plain, old-fashioned oats to avoid the onslaught of sugars and sodium that may be found in flavored instant varieties. If you look at the ingredients on a box or bag of rolled oats, you'll usually see only one ingredient...rolled oats. So avoid any other added ingredients such as artificial colors, flavors, sodium or preservatives.

Oatmeal contains a good source of fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates and iron. The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may also reduce the risk for certain cancers.

Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious! Add some fruits or a little raw honey, sprinkle some cinnamon or dry cereal, add hempseed or flaxseed or whatever else that’s good for you. The combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is limited only by the imagination.

My yummy breakfast: oatmeal with
 fruit, cereal and Matcha green tea :)
**Look at the picture here to the left and you'll see that I like to add some almond milk, decorate with some cantaloupe, and sprinkle some Kashi brand cereal (the Honey Almond Flax whole grain flavor) for more nutrients with some sweetness. Yummy! It's like a healthy dessert I look forward to every morning. Whatever the case, I like to have my Matcha green tea as well. If you don't already know the powerful benefits of drinking Matcha green tea, please click here to learn.

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