The Best Foods for a Healthy Start of the Day

Oatmeal

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal-and we’re talking the slow cook steel-cut kind more than the just-add-water instant flavored variety-is full of fiber, which helps satisfy hunger and keeps you from heading for the vending machine by 10 AM.

There’s no better way to get the energy and strength you need to carry you through a hectic morning than with a steaming bowl of oatmeal.

Your ancestors ate oats because they’re cheap and grow anywhere. Today, we know that oatmeal is tasty, nutritious and offers loads of benefits.

One cup of oatmeal has only 130 calories, and it stays in your stomach longer to curb your cravings. Oatmeal also has tons of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help keep your heart healthy and your cholesterol levels in check.

In addition, you’ll benefit from potassium, folate, and beta-glucan, a kind of fiber that can help lower cholesterol. The high fiber and complex carbs also slow down the conversion to simple sugars and thereby, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Pair your bowl of oats with low-fat or almond milk, fresh fruit and some nuts. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey to give your oatmeal an extra kick without the need for adding sugar.

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