What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning? A steamy cup of coffee? A warm glass of tea? Well, for me, a hot, creamy bowl of oatmeal is just the thing I need to get my day going. If you grab a quick bite to eat on your way out, or skip breakfast altogether, you may want to rethink your morning routine and add this versatile whole grain to your diet. Best of all, it’s delicious and so easy to make!
Here are a few facts that may help inspire you to the join the world of oatmeal eaters:
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, at least half of all grains consumed in a given day should be whole. The good thing about oatmeal? A single serving (1/2 cup dry oats) gets you almost half your daily needed intake of whole grains!
Oatmeal is packed with nutrients, including B-vitamins (keep your body running), iron (red blood cell development), and magnesium (normal nerve/muscle function). Additionally, oatmeal is rich in fiber, which helps in lowering cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar levels, and achieving healthy weight.
There is an innumerable amount of ways to include this whole grain in your breakfast. Cook it, blend it, bake it- the possibilities are endless! Some days (special days), I have forgone my usual breakfast bowl for muffins, smoothies, and more. Click the links below for three of my favorite recipes that are sure to wake you up and get you healthily energized for the day. Enjoy!