Start your morning off right

Oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates that can fuel your body to perform it’s best. I use old fashioned, gluten free oats to start my day, as a pre- workout or post-workout meal, or when I’m craving a warm, comforting food.

Here are some benefits of oatmeal and why you should incorporate it into your diet:

  • Oats are a great source of whole grains and complex carbohydrates. The high fiber content leaves you feeling full longer, so eating oats can stop cravings later in the day.
  • The B vitamins in oatmeal paired with it’s carbohydrate content play a role in producing and metabolizing energy, so you can perform your best.
  • Oatmeal  has a low glycemic index and can be associated with significantly less insulin resistance and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • The soluble fiber in oatmeal helps the intestinal tract trap substances associated with blood cholesterol, so it aids in removing the “bad cholesterol.”
  •  Avenanthramides, the unique antioxidants oats carry, also help with lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
  • The antioxidants in oats contain essential amino acids, which are needed for optimal functioning of the body systems, proper cell regeneration, and slow down the aging process.
  • Although oats are typically eaten in the morning, they are great before bed because they contain melatonin, a natural compound that assists in relaxation.

Based on these benefits, don’t you think you should start eating oatmeal? (if you don’t already) If you are not a fan of oats, try adding toppings, they make a difference! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for oats that take less than five minutes to prepare. Eating healthy can be simple and delicious!

PB&J Oatmeal

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  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water or milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
  • Dark chocolate chips

*How to prepare: combine oats and water/milk in a bowl; heat for 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave; add sliced strawberries, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips

Apple Cinnamon Oats

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  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water or milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • Apple (Honey Crisp or Pink Lady are my favorite)
  • Cinnamon
  • Optional: add in 1/2 cup or 2 egg whites for extra protein

*How to prepare: combine oats, egg whites, chopped apple, and water/milk in a bowl; heat for 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave; add cinnamon

Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal

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  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water or milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • Blueberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Optional: add in 1/2 cup or 2 egg whites for extra protein

*How to prepare: combine oats, egg whites, and water/milk in a bowl; heat for 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave; top with a sliced banana, blueberries, peanut butter, and cinnamon

***In all of these oatmeal recipes you can add in 1/3 cup grated zucchini for extra volume, fiber, and nutrients.

Enjoy!

 

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