Every morning we face the age old question. What should I have for breakfast? What you start your day with can set the tone for the rest of your day and so it is critical to choose wisely. With an assortment of sugary, processed foods in the marketplace and heavy fatty meats like bacon or sausages available, it’s easy to make the wrong decisions especially when you’re in a hurry. On top of that, you will face all sorts of fad diets, promoted “superfoods” and other such things that are supposed to be good (and sometimes are!) but can easily eat up the budget. Sometimes, it’s not always as complicated as some might make you think.
If you’re in need of a good breakfast, the humble oatmeal is a very good and effective way to go. Hot cereals are something the human race has been eating for a very long time, and for good reason. It’s cheap, easy to make, is filling and versatile. Because of how high in fiber oatmeal is, it will keep you feeling full longer so you’re less likely to go for that cookie before lunch because you got hungry. Up front, it will give you an immediate energy boost that will get your day started on the right foot and keep you feeling good. It also is full of other health benefits and can lower blood pressure, promote healthy bacteria, relieve irritated skin due to being anti-inflammatory and many other benefits.
Well, now you’ve heard of the benefits health-wise, but it’s hard to make healthy food appealing sometimes and oatmeal is occasionally viewed as a bland option. It is true on its own it’s not the most exciting thing, but a few basic additions can make it both tasty and also more satisfying, and something you will look forward to every day. Adding healthy toppings like nuts and fruit really elevate it and add a dose of sweetness. Seasonings like cinnamon or nutmeg can give it a little something. Alternatively, you can even try going the lesser known savory route. Seasonings like ginger and garlic, toppings like jalapenos, avocado and green onion can give it a brand new spin. You can even put an egg on it or have one on the side, as it’s important to have protein as part of a balanced breakfast. A varied diet is important, and you can use oatmeal as a base for just about anything. As you change it up, it might not even feel like you’re having the same meal every day while still reaping the health benefits.