I have always had a hard time waking up early enough to fix myself a decent breakfast.
When I was a student, I would grab a banana or a granola bar to eat on my way out. Half an hour later, my stomach would growl so loud that it sounded like it was digesting itself.
However, after I started working at an up and coming start-up company, everything changed.
The CEO was a Steve Jobs look alike who was very focused on the overall health and well-being of his employees. His mantra was that unless you ate something filling and nutritious in the morning, your productivity would suffer throughout the day. So every week, he would order us a full package of organic fruit, oatmeal, and granola delivered to our office.
It was then that I learned the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, especially oatmeal, in order to restore my glucose levels and improve my memory and concentration first thing in the a.m. I also discovered that oatmeal is incredibly nutritious, extremely easy to make and very cost friendly.
Now, even though I’ve changed jobs, I’ve still maintained my morning habit of eating oatmeal at the office (and I’ve recruited a few co-workers to join in the fun).
So I’m spreading the word as to why oatmeal is the power breakfast you should really consider eating. It definitely has my vote for the number one way to start the day!
1. Oatmeal Is Healthy
a) Oats are whole grains which means that the grains have not been stripped from their nutritious bran and germ during processing, unlike the refined grains in white bread. Worth noting, the nutrition content is generally the same between oat types (rolled, steel-cut or instant). The difference between them is really just how they were processed.
b) Oats have a lot of fiber (both soluble and insoluble fiber).
Taking you back to chemistry 101, soluble fiber means that the fiber can dissolve in water and will turn into a gel during digestion. In turn, this helps slow down the rate of sugar absorption into your bloodstream which helps keep you fuller for longer.
Insoluble fiber in my opinion, is more exciting. Instead of absorbing water, it adds a beautiful amount of bulk to your stool (something you’ve always asked Santa for Christmas, I’m sure). It also acts like a turbo charger, quickly scrubbing your colon and moving things along.
c) Oats contain minerals that keep you alive and dancing such as thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, iron and selenium.
2. Perfect For Lazy People
While oatmeal ranks high in nutrition, it gets my vote of confidence because of how easy it is to prepare.
The traditional way to make oats is to put the contents into your bowl, wait for the water to boil in the kettle and pour the hot water over the oats. Three steps and done. (Essentially I just provided you with instructions for boiling water, you’re welcome).
Another way to spruce things up is to soak your oats in a mason jar overnight with some kind of coconut or almond “mylk” (that’s what the kids these days are calling it, right?) and a dash of chia seeds. Add a spoonful of yogurt in the morning and get ready to enjoy all the gooey goodness.
3. Office Supplies
If you look inside my cabinet drawer at work, you will find the following:
- A large bag of quick cooking oats
- A container of my toppings
- A little bowl and spoon
Oh and the elder wand, the most powerful wand in the history of wizardkind.
Remember that you can customize your oatmeal with toppings. Dress it up, make it look pretty and post it online, like the other millions of Instagram users who have shared their oatmeal creations online. Myself included.
Here are some topping suggestions that will up your oatmeal game:
- Nuts and Seeds (chia seeds, ground flax seeds, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds)
- Dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, blueberries)
- Fresh fruits (blueberries, strawberries)
- Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon)
- Protein (peanut butter, protein powder)
- Almond Milk, cashew milk, coconut milk
- Some kind of sweetener if you must (maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar)
4. Oatmeal Is Cheap
Oats are cost friendly. Point blank. There really isn’t any other kind of breakfast that I can think of that would be cheaper than eating oatmeal.
Here’s a simple cost breakdown: (Warning! There is a little bit of math involved. My background is in engineering so I could analyze numbers all day long.)
For example, a 1kg bag of quick oats sells for an average of $3.37.
That’s 34 cents/100g.
There are 90 grams of oats in 1 cup.
So if you’re eating ½-1cup of oats alone, you’re shelling out a whopping 15-30 cents each time.
However, if you jazz things up by adding things like nuts, seeds, fruit etc. the price goes up. Here is the cost breakdown of the four kinds of toppings that I add regularly.
|Item||Unit weight||Gram / ½ tbsp||Cost per serving (½ tbsp)|
|Ground flax seed||$0.52/100g||3.3 grams / ½ tbsp||$0.02|
|Chia seeds||$0.83/100g||5 grams / ½ tbsp||$0.04|
|Hemp hearts||$3.08/100g||5 grams / ½ tbsp||$0.15|
|Dried cranberries||$0.59/100g||5 grams / ½ tbsp||$0.03|
Total of all toppings: $0.24
Grand total for ½ cup of oats with basic toppings: $0.40
Keep that price in mind the next time you think you’re “too lazy” to pour hot water on your oats, but somehow muster up the energy to run and grab a McGriddle.
So there you have it. Hopefully, I’ve convinced you that oatmeal is the way to go. I challenge you to come up with a breakfast that’s more filling, easier to prepare, and cheaper.
Watch out though, I’ve got the elder wand.
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In the comments: What kind of toppings do you add to your oatmeal and how do you prepare it? As mentioned, I eat this almost every single day so all suggestions are welcomed!