When I was a kid, you couldn’t get me near a bowl of oatmeal. I never wanted to eat a bland heap of mushy paste that tasted like cardboard when all my other favorite foods like delicious eggs, pancakes, and waffles were on the breakfast table.
But now that I’m older (and arguably smarter), I know that filling up on simple, sugary carbs is no way to start your day. Unless you want a mid-morning crash, which I don’t think your boss will appreciate when he finds you napping on your desk.
If there’s one thing I learned at the beginning of my nutritional education journey, it’s that oats are one of the healthiest superfoods on the planet.
And dismissing them as ‘just a breakfast food’ totally downplays how they can work for your body throughout the day.
In fact, personal trainer Jackie Warner says in her book that she keeps packets of oatmeal on her at all times and treats her oatmeal like a daily vitamin, making sure to eat a serving every day, whether that’s in the morning or during a mid-meal snack.
No matter when you choose to eat your oatmeal, there’s one rule I have to enforce: stay away from the sugar-laden instant oatmeal packs and those found at fast food chains! One package of flavored oatmeal will serve up 10 g+ sugar, and one small order of oatmeal at McDonald’s is even worse, coming in at 32 g of sugar!
That’s why it’s important to learn about the right kinds of oats to fuel your body efficiently.