Many people are tempted to skip breakfast in an effort to consume less calories, which can potentially sabotage weight loss efforts.
Eating a well-rounded breakfast can stave off hunger and ensure you don’t reach for higher calories snacks throughout the day. When you skip breakfast, the fasting can increase your body’s insulin response, which then increases fat storage and weight gain.
Eating breakfast helps you make better food choices throughout the day as it prevents becoming over-hungry, provides sustainable energy and increases your likelihood of being physically active. Aim to consume breakfast within an hour of waking for maximum benefits.
Children need breakfast too!
Breakfast is also vitally important for children. According the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast have better concentration at school and perform better in the classroom.
A 2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania showed that children who eat breakfast every day scored significantly higher on a range of IQ tests.
Because life-long habits typically are developed during your childhood, teaching kids to eat breakfast is important for their future success in regard to healthy living.
Oatmeal is a meal both children and adults can enjoy. You can prepare it for breakfast or make it and store it to eat later in the day. This recipe also contains other beneficial ingredients that have been proven to supply the body with essential vitamins, nutrients, complex carbohydrates and fiber. That and it tastes delicious and is easy to prepare! If you are unable to cook oats stovetop you can also microwave quick cook oats for this recipe. For individuals looking to avoid gluten, try Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Free and Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.
Cinnamon Strawberry Oatmeal
This recipe serves 2
- 1 cup of Rolled Oats
- ½ cup of diced strawberries
- 2 tbs. of honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs. flaxseed
- 1 tbs. shredded coconut
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 cup of rolled oats to pan. Reduce heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes to cool.
Mix in honey, cinnamon, strawberries and flaxseed. (If desired varieties of sugar free honey are also an option).
Top with shredded coconut and serve.
Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty are the creators of Fit Mom Diet, a community of moms who support each other in an effort to eat clean, live fit and be amazing.