3 Great Reasons to Eat Oatmeal Every Morning
By Genevieve Cunningham
Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. You’ve heard this before, right? For the most part, this is a true statement. What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for the day. If you fill up on donuts, you’ve started the day off sweet and fatty. But many don’t have the time or patience to find a healthy meal first thing in the morning. Luckily, it’s probably easier than you think. Take a look at this quick and easy meal -- oatmeal -- and why you should start every day with a heaping, steaming, delicious bowlful.
Oatmeal is Nutrient Dense
Oatmeal is packed with various nutrients. If you eat the real kind (no presweetened packages!), you’ll be getting Vitamins A and B6, calcium, iron, potassium, fiber, and protein. What a way to start the day! Beginning the day with these vitamins and minerals means giving your body a blast of energy to get you moving in the right direction from the get-go.
Oatmeal Keeps You Feeling Full
When it comes to breakfast, we all want something that lasts. One of the worst feelings is to eat a good breakfast and then feel hungry just an hour or two later. Luckily, oatmeal is not one of these foods. Because of the protein and fiber content, oatmeal will keep you feeling fuller longer. You’ll easily make it to your mid morning snack, and in many cases, may even make it to lunch without having to reach for an additional pick me up.
Oatmeal Can Help Control Blood Sugar
Blood sugar is a much bigger deal than many of us realize. If you happen to be diabetic, you already understand this. But if you don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis, you may not understand how your blood sugar affects your health and the way that you feel throughout the day. When blood sugar gets too high or too low, it can literally make you sick and confused. Oatmeal is a food that helps to stabilize blood sugar. While it’s not an alternative to meds for diabetics, it’s a great way for the general population to begin the day with a solid and stable blood sugar level.
If you can’t figure out what to eat for breakfast every day, just grab some oatmeal for a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast. As long as you don’t pack in the sugar, you’re good to go! Starting the day off right can be easy if you know which foods to grab. Give this a try and enjoy the benefits that come with it.
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