Oats: 6 Reasons to eat them for breakfast

It’s Fri-yay, which means we’re going to talk about some food.  More specifically, we’re going to talk about one of my personal faves: oats.

I eat oats every single morning for breakfast! That’s right. Every. Single. Morning. And you know what? I haven’t gotten bored with them once.

Here are some of the wonderful reasons that you should start eating more oats:

1. Naturally Gluten-Free

That’s right, oats are naturally gluten-free, which is great for those of you who are intolerant or sensitive to gluten.  What’s not so great, is the fact that a lot of companies actually add gluten to their oats during the manufacturing process.  This is why you now see oats advertised as “gluten free” and, unfortunately, about three times more expensive.  So, if you are extremely sensitive, make sure you go with a gluten-free variety (I like Quaker‘s!)

2. High in Fiber

There’s nothing like starting off your day with a good amount of fiber.  In one serving of oats (40g), there are about 4 grams of fiber.  This helps to control your blood sugars, cholesterol levels, and gets things moving in the digestive department.  As when fiber is mixed with water, it creates a gel-like substance that helps push things through your digestive tract—so make sure you drink your water like we talked about before!

3. Good source of Protein

If you’ve read this post or this post, you might have noticed the trend that protein is extremely important in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.  It helps to keep you satisfied and feeling fuller longer which is a great reason why you should be sure to include it in your breakfast.  A 1/2 cup serving of oats has about 5 grams of protein.  If you do not have to be gluten-free, my husband enjoys this kind which contains a whopping 10 grams of protein per serving.

4. Whole grain source of Carbohydrates

Society and fad diets have ingrained into our brains that carbs are the enemy, and the sooner you realize what a load of crap that is, the better off you will be! Carbohydrates are important for our body so that we can have energy to power through tough workouts or even just the day.  What matters is the type of carbs you are consuming: refined or whole grain.  Oats have around 27 grams of whole-grain carbohydrates.  That’ll get you energized for a long day ahead!

5. High in Minerals

Oats contain a good source of magnesium, iron, and selenium among a few others.  These are important minerals especially as a chronic illness fighter. Magnesium helps with sore joints and muscles as well as headaches (it can prevent migraines too!).  Iron can help to maintain energy levels and strengthen bones.  And selenium increases mood and can fight inflammation.

6. Versatile

One of my personal favorites about oats is that is is extremely versatile! You can add almost any topping imaginable and it will taste amazing! You can even add oats to smoothies for some extra nutrients and to make it more satisfying and filling.

Toppings for your Oats:

These are a few of my favorite toppings.  I recommend measuring out your portions, so that you don’t go overboard on calories. I use my food scale.

Sometimes you can’t even see my oats!

~Cinnamon

~Fruit (fresh, frozen, or dried)

~Nuts (my favorites are almonds, walnuts, or pecans)

~Almond butter

~Mini chocolate chips (these are my favorite dairy-free ones)

~Shredded coconut

~Granola bar (I break mine up and mix it in)

~Sprinkles

And, voila, deliciousness!

What are some of your favorite toppings or ways to make oats?

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8 Comments

  1. Cherryl Ehlenburg

    September 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for sharing! I don’t know if I could eat them every morning, but I do like oatmeal (especially with strawberries on top) so maybe I’ll have to start eating them more often!

    1. Jessica from Fit Train

      September 1, 2017 at 11:55 am

      I LOVE fresh berries on top! Sometimes I have them as a pre-workout snack instead of breakfast.

  2. Sian

    September 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I agree, it’s difficult to get bored of oats. I compile little pots of toppings for my husband as he always keeps a bag of oats in his desk drawer. They’re the perfect breakfast to keep you going until lunch 🙂

    1. Jessica from Fit Train

      September 2, 2017 at 12:58 am

      I agree, they definitely keep you satisfied for a long time! Love the idea of little topping pots!

  3. Gem

    September 1, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I could eat them most mornings too! That photo looks amazing (mine usually look a lot more boring!) but I’m going to try the shredded coconut too!

    1. Jessica from Fit Train

      September 2, 2017 at 1:00 am

      Thank you! I like to make my breakfasts look exciting as I’m not a huge morning person! Let me know how you like incorporating the coconut:)

  4. Amanda

    September 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    You had me sold at gluten free! I am now considering adding baked cinnamon apples to it! Yum!

    1. Jessica from Fit Train

      September 2, 2017 at 1:01 am

      I’ve done cinnamon apples before and it is delicious. Perfect timing for the Fall!

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