Magical Oatmeal: Your Best Breakfast Yet?
In my last post, we discussed how many eggs you should be eating and what your safe levels of cholesterol should be. Now what if I told you there was an actual breakfast food that could reduce cholesterol? Yes, it’s oatmeal! Oatmeal magically reduces the amount of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol in your body.
Oatmeal’s other fun factor is that it makes you feel full a lot longer, making it easy to reduce your calorie intake just by exchanging your normal greasy breakfast with this one-bowl wonder. Plus, it can be easily portable and a quick snap to prepare, making it a great option to bring to work.
But how do you jazz up something that may at times remind you of dismal force-feedings as a child? Lots of different toppings can make your oatmeal more fun, and they all allow you to change it up so you don’t get bored by monotony. A little goes a long way, so here’s a list of the ingredients you could use for your next bowl of oatmeal:
- Fruit: bananas, peaches, pears, strawberries and mangoes
- Dried fruit: apricots, dates, cherries, mangoes
- Fruit preserves
- Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar
- Crushed nuts
- Melted dark chocolate bits
- Spices: cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, a drop of vanilla extract
- Coffee: French Vanilla, Almond Mocha
Mr. Breakfast, a wonderful site that lists all sorts of breakfasts (not all of them healthy bear in mind) put together a top-ten list of reasons to eat oatmeal. Visit their site  for the full list.
My passion is to help you live your healthiest and most harmonious life, but in a way that’s realistic and practical for you as a unique individual on this planet. My philosophy is all about “balance,” never a diet since a diet is not sustainable for life, aka Kill The Diet.