When I was a kid, the breakfast I hated the most which my mom always prepared for me was oatmeal. She would urge me to have oats in the morning, which I found yucky, bland, and boring. Sometimes, I would rather skip breakfast and be punished than to finish a bowl of oats.
During the first months of my married life, I felt like I married my mom for having a husband who loves oats and would also nag about its many benefits, the very reason why I should eat a bowl of oats with him. He would even tease me that it tastes more delicious when I share it with him.
My husband is just very talented in getting me into doing things he would like me to do. Like magic, he can quickly turn a bowl of boring oatmeal into something delish. And so, I now learned to enjoy my oatmeal in the morning with a smile on my face, especially every time my mom would come to my mind.
There is a lot of truth to the old saying, “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, sup like a pauper.” — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Why Is Oatmeal Always Recommended For Breakfast?
Aside from giving comforting memories, nutritionists and dietitians often recommend oatmeal for breakfast because of the many benefits it provides to the body.
- There are soluble and Insoluble fibers in oats. Oats are high in soluble fibers making it a better choice for breakfast, especially for those suffering from IBS, constipation, or diarrhea. Just 3/4 cup of dry oats hold 3 g of soluble fiber. Old fashioned rolled, steel-cut, quick-cooking oats have a high concentration of insoluble fibers which is best for people with constipation.
- Nutritious meal on the go. For people on the go who want to have a natural and balanced breakfast, oats are very easy to make. Oats are very versatile that you can it eat with anything, from banana, orange, peanut, chocolate, or whatever you feel like eating it with.
- Oatmeal gives you clearer skin. Oatmeal contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals and is an excellent anti-inflammatory that can be used to treat eczema, dermatitis, and skin rashes.
- Oats are a good source of protein. About half a cup of oatmeal provides your body 15% of the recommended daily amount of protein, plus the fact that it has antioxidants, vitamin E, and glutamine, which allows muscle fibers to regenerate faster.
One of the greatest strengths any individual (or culture) can have is the ability to see beyond the arbitrary framing of reality to the underlying, fundamental truths of situations. — Christopher Ryan Ph.D.
- Oatmeal is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential as they contain beta-glucan which helps lower blood sugar and increases the production of nitric oxide that aids in improving circulation by dilating blood vessels. Beta-glucan is also responsible for lowering cholesterol levels and promoting the growth of good bacteria to prevent gout. Antioxidants also alleviate itching, inflammation, and high blood pressure.
- Makes you feel energized. Oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates which provides your body with the energy it needs.
- The ideal diet for losing weight. The carbs in oatmeal help control your appetite while maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. The beta-glucan also makes you feel fuller for more extended periods, thus keeping you from overeating.
- Lowers your chances of developing heart problems. Oats contains good healthy fats and sustain the cells in the heart and circulatory system. Antioxidants also prevent damage to the walls of blood vessels caused by free radicals.
Adults on a supplement-based diet reported reduced cravings for sweet, high-calorie foods – and they stayed reduced even when they started eating normal foods again. — Susan Carnell Ph.D.
And because my husband is a health enthusiast and has his way of turning plain boring oatmeal into a mouthwatering delicious feast, the oatmeal which I thought was boring when I was a young kid, was actually the best part of my childhood days, now I’ve come to realize. Thanks to my husband who made me appreciate how great and caring my mom was, for patiently preparing oatmeal for me every morning even though she knew I would just ignore it.
God has made it bland so you can do a lot with it and mix it with different flavors that it becomes one great feast.
Oatmeal is one great meal that can make you feel better inside and out.