25 Aug :: Berry Nutty Oatmeal ::
I was cleaning up my little pantry box when I found a bag of half eaten rolled oats.
While oats are no longer my go-to breakfast (you can read my earlier story here), I appreciate the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and for heart protection advantages. It is certainly better then eating McDonald breakfast.
So, I didn’t throw it out. Don’t want to waste food, anyway.
Most people agree that oatmeal is the best morning breakfast. And I’m referring to the plain ones, not the added sugar and other nonsense in instant packets.
But haven’t you notice something?
How is it that some of you who are eating oatmeal every day and don’t seem to see any changes in your weight, complexion etc.
And you feel hungry before noon!
I thought it’s supposed to keep you satiated.
Think about the famous USDA food pyramid that we’ve talked about before. Where does oatmeal sit in there? We’re told that oatmeal is healthy, fiber-filled breakfast. I don’t disagree.
USDA food pyramid
The problem is that there’s very little protein and healthy fat in this morning breakfast, making it lopsided towards carbohydrate focused. And when you eat big amount of carbs, what happens next? They break down into sugar which results in that roller coaster sugar level spiking up blood glucose level and few hours later you crash at your desk feeling hungry, cranky and sleepy.
Well, unless you’re training for a marathon, by all means go all high carbs. Otherwise, I’d suggest that we balance our macronutrients of carbs, fat and protein.
So instead of eating oats alone… Not to mention it tastes pretty bland!
How about mixing in chia seeds for cholesterol-lowering fibre, walnuts to improve arterial function, blueberries, strawberries for antioxidant, almond butter for protein and healthy fats?
Here we go!