I have been doing my research on what has been found to be the healthiest breakfast choice available. Many sources have come back to the humble breakfast of oatmeal (known to me as porridge). Although oatmeal may seem too bland for some, it can be jazzed up by adding your favourite fruits, nuts & seeds, spices, yoghurts and honey too. I have always had people tell me that they struggled to find a breakfast option that keeps them feeling full. Oatmeal has been a particularly good option for keeping people fuller for longer. If you make oats up with milk, you get a source of protein, fibre and essential vitamins and minerals, as well as being low in fat and sodium. It is the perfect breakfast choice, which gets you off to a great start to the day and provides long lasting energy. Oats provide many health benefits including the following:
- Lowers blood cholesterol.
- Reduced risk of heart disease.
- Reduced risk of some cancers.
- Healthier metabolism and bowel health.
- Stabilizes blood glucose levels.
- Healthy weight control.
- Normalizes blood pressure.
What is exciting to me about the new barley and oats range, are that you get all the benefits of the oats as mentioned above, plus the resistant starch from the BARLEYmax for digestive health (double win!). Some of you who are rushed around in the morning and don’t like to stand by the stove will be happy to know that the quick sachets also have a low GI (most people avoid quick oats as the GI is higher than traditional oats).
My suggested everyday breakfast – Nutty banana and honey oatmeal (yummy):
½ cup of traditional barley and oats
¾ cup of reduced fat milk or soymilk (make sure its fortified with calcium if you are a soy milk drinker)
¾ cup of water
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves
Pinch of salt
One ripe banana (thinly sliced)
Place all these ingredients in a large microwavable container. Place in microwave on high for 8 mins. Once cooked remove from microwave and add:
Small handful of walnuts
1 heaped tsp of flaxseed meal
½ tsp honey
Stir together and enjoy!
Not only are the oats healthy so are all the other ingredients. There are additional health benefits, which are provided by the added fruit (banana, apple, berries) and nuts & seeds. These are an easy way to increase your daily intake of fibre (will help you feel fuller for longer and help with bowel health and regularity). The spices, such as cinnamon and cloves help to regulate your blood sugar levels (plus add great natural flavouring with no added kilojoules). Experiment with your barley and oats and create your own favourite recipe that you can share with us. I look forward to my breakfast every morning and I hope you will too.