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.
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:
~Fruit (fresh, frozen, or dried)
~Nuts (my favorites are almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
~Mini chocolate chips (these are my favorite dairy-free ones)
~Granola bar (I break mine up and mix it in)
And, voila, deliciousness!
What are some of your favorite toppings or ways to make oats?
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