Friday, January 30, 2015

Power of Oats Breakfast

Breakfast is the #1 meal that people likely skip due to lack of time or not feeling hungry. It sometimes takes a few days up to weeks for our bodies to start feeling hungry..but in order to get hungry, we need to train our body by eating something at breakfast. I am going to show you a delicious pancake recipe (Yes, Pancakes!) that you can whip up in no time and it is super healthy and filling....the main ingredient is oats. Oats is one of my favorite foods because it is inexpensive and packed with nutrition! It is very versatile too... 

A new study suggests that your breakfast cereal choice may affect how full you feel and how much you eat at lunchtime,especially if you're overweight. According to new research published in the most recent issue of the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, scientists found that having oatmeal (instant or original) for breakfast resulted in greater fullness, lower hunger ratings and less calories eaten at the next meal compared to a similar calorie breakfast of ready-to-eat traditional cereal that is refined (AAS, 2015). Refined cereal is highly processed and lower in fiber and B vitamins. 

Here is a tasty, and very quick recipe you can have ready in no time.... it is high in fiber and protein to get you through the morning.

1/2 c. oats
1/2 packet stevia or liquid stevia drops to sweeten, optional
1 tsp vanilla (I like pure vanilla, not imitation)
1-2 tsp flaxseed
1 egg
dash of cinnamon or nutmeg
1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Simply whisk together and add to a hot skillet with melted butter or trans-fat free margarine. I used Smart Balance Omega-3.
Here it is! I topped it with natural peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup but you can certainly add fresh berries or bananas on top (I am in need of groceries!)

Leonardis, K. (2015). AAS: Oatmeal for breakfast results in greater fullness and lower calorie intake at lunch. 

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