August 6, 2017
It wasn’t until I started being more active that I truly started to value breakfast to the extreme that my mom did. She would give me the lecture of breakfast just like finding a government or pension job.
As A Grown Adult I’m Still Learning My Mom Is Always Right!
When I became more and more physically active I started to really value and see the importance of breakfast. Then was the chore of finding “my breakfast.” Growing up we had plain oatmeal with brown sugar or toast, sometimes we would get spoiled as children and get the sugar cereal that now, I appreciate my parents let that be a rare event.
While I was looking into what I needed for my breakfast and what my body needed from my breakfast, I would look at my day and what I had planned. A common theme I have learned with food is “Eat what you will use” just like take what you need. A mantra I took to a whole new level after living in Costa Rica for 6 months with my 2 children and husband: Take what you need not what you want.
Breakfast is the same. Eat for your day.
I’ve always loved oatmeal but if I thought “if I’m going to make this a regular occasion, I can’t eat oats every day!!” This is where I started to learn how much my body needs oats. Being highly active and low in iron, oatmeal is the best breakfast for me. And now with all the options out there, it’s no longer only the Old Fashioned Quaker Quick Oats, I’ve been having fun with steel cut oats, Bob Mills rolled oats and granola with oats!
Here are a couple of my favourite new oat styles
- Overnight baked apple pie steel cut oatmeal
- Cherry pie fridge oats
- Peanut Butter overnight oats (OH YA- PB in oatmeal – I went there and LOVE IT!)
And of course I love the ol’fashioned oats, not the quick oats because I now know how depleted those are. I now look for whole grain organic oats, I prefer Bob Mills Oats I have got them at Super Store, Trader Joes and Sobeys.
Being highly active and low in iron, oats are what I need for my body and mind to give me the best jump start for the day. Please note that in just 1/2 cup of oats you receive 3.5g fat, 32g carbohydrates, 7g of protein – let’s compare this to a regular “breakfast protein food” like an egg. In one egg you receive 11g fat, 1.1g carbohydrate and 13g of protein. Let’s be realistic, is one egg going to fill you up? I know it won’t for me and having such low carbohydrates I know in a hour from that breakfast I will be searching for something more and raiding the cupboards. Whereas the balance in the oatmeal provides me with the best balance of carbohydrates and protein, and of course the fat helps it all go down smoothly!
Oatmeal is where it’s at, and it doesn’t have to be your plain oats with brown sugar sprinkle.
Listen to your Mom and love your oats and your oats will love you!