5 Healthy Breakfast Boosts You Probably Didn't Know Come from Oatmeal


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Whether you look to the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, or the surgeon general, the recommendation is clear: breakfast is not a meal worth skipping. It’s the meal of champions, and our first source of the day’s energy and nutrients. Extensive research shows that healthy breakfast foods help to improve your concentration and performance, gives you more strength and endurance to meet the day’s challenges, lowers your cholesterol levels, and may even contribute to weight loss by speeding up your metabolism.

But, as more studies continue to unveil, what you put into your mouth for that critical meal may be equally as important. 
 
“If you eat something refined, like an overly sweet cinnamon roll, that’s the worst thing you can eat,” says Judy Caplan, a registered dietitian nutritionist for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “You get an insulin [spike], and [then] your blood sugar drops too low so you get hungry again. That’s why people get into a cycle of overeating junk.”

So, once we adopt this virtue of eating a healthy breakfast when we rise, the real question is: what should we eat? A bowl of cereal, maybe. Perhaps, a green juice or smoothie. How about a steamy bowl of oats? Yes, experts are now trumpeting oatmeal as “the perfect breakfast.” Here are five reasons why you should start your morning off with oatmeal.

Reason #1: Fills You Up
A bowl of oatmeal is full of soluble fiber – roughly 4 grams per cup. Soluble fiber absorbs a lot of water, which slows down the digestive process. As a result, you will feel full longer and will be less likely to overeat or consume junk foods at lunch. 

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By Carly Harrill| October 19, 2015
Categories:  Eat

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Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf
Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. Follow her on Twitter at @HummusHomegirl or visit her blog.

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