5 reasons you should have oats for breakfast

By admin
01 November 2015

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it's a good idea to make the right choice when it comes to deciding what to eat.

There are so many options from toast to cereal, cooked breakfasts to fruit and yoghurt. But one of the best things to consume first thing is oatmeal, and Popsugar has all the reasons why.

It keeps you satisfied

It offers the calories and fibre you need to stay satisfied all morning long. Unlike sugary breakfast cereals full of refined carbs, the body digests oatmeal at a slower pace, keeping blood sugar levels steady, energy up, and hunger away.

It helps you time carbs right

When it comes to weight loss you should eat carbs for breakfast. According to Manhattan-based nutritionist and registered dietician Shira Lenchewski, "[Carbs] are burned more efficiently in the morning than at night," so they don't go unused and get stored as fat in the body. Shira also recommends that the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) be breakfast.

It's backed by science

A small study found that those who ate oatmeal daily for six weeks had a greater decrease in cholesterol levels and waist size than those who ate the same amount of carbs in noodles over the same time period.

It's quick to come together

Rolled oats take well under ten minutes from prep to bowl. It might be a little more time than that instant packet you're used to, but these varieties don't come with any added sugars often found in those flavoured packets. Or there's always the option to go with overnight oats that require just a little prep the night before and are ready to eat from the fridge the next morning.

The possibilities are endless

This warming breakfast should never feel boring. Liven up your oatmeal bowl to keep your meal feeling fresh, filling, and satisfying to your taste buds, too. Try adding a small sliced banana, O percent fat Greek yoghurt and a few chopped walnuts or a small diced apple with cinnamon and almonds. A more tropical version would be to add chopped pineapple, raisins and a tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut.

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