What do you think of when confronted with the word oatmeal? It’s that bland, white mush that only ever seems to be a ‘fall back’ type of food for when there’s nothing else.
But for all it lack in flavor and panache, various studies have show that oatmeal, especially the least processed kind (think rolled or steel-cut) packs nutritional benefits that might make you reconsider scoffing at the sight of it.
Leah Wynalek of Women’s Health decided to eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast for a week to see how the effects it would have on her, and here are some of her insights:
I FOUND OUT EXACTLY HOW I LIKE MY OATMEAL.
“That is, with sliced banana, cinnamon, a few raisins, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, a bit of vanilla, and a light drizzle of maple syrup,” said Wynalek.
“It took me about two weeks to discover precisely how I liked my oatmeal, and the right combo made all the difference,” she added. Ofcourse if you’re going to be having the same ‘base’ meal every morning to start your day, it will help immensely to find out how exactly you like it so you have something to look forward to in the morning.
I SWITCHED TO WHOLE MILK.
“Despite all the mixed messages about how good or bad regular milk is for you, I’ve embraced whole milk as the Holy Grail of creamy oats. Nothing else compares,” she said. If you have your notions about dairy though, there are a myriad of options available to stand in for regular milk.
I STARTED SKIPPING MY MORNING SNACK.
“My protein-packed breakfast kept me fuller far longer than my usual smoothie or runny egg over veggies. Normally I start hankering for a snack around 10 a.m., but my oatmeal bowls kept me satisfied until closer to noon, and sometimes even longer than that when I hit the gym and pushed lunchtime till 1 p.m.” The protein in oats helps to regulate your blood sugar; keeping you feeling fuller for longer and controlling your hunger.
I FELT OFF WHEN I DITCHED MY OATS.
While she admits to having a waffle or two for change, Wynalek said she “missed the consistency of her new routine.” But hey, why waste a Saturday brunch invite, namsayin?
I BECAME A TOTAL CREATURE OF HABIT.
“Eating the same meal every morning established a breakfast routine that I didn’t have before,” said Wynalek.
“I’ve often scoffed at people who pack the same lunch all the time, baffled they’re not completely bored, but now I think there’s something to forming a food habit that works for your body.”
Read more of her insights here.