The power of oatmeal

In my very fist blog post, I did a small effort in convincing you to start every day with an oatmeal breakfast.

 It’s one of the healthiest (and easiest) breakfasts you can have.

Myself, I go for oatmeal every morning (apart from weekends – there I often conduct some experiments) as I am convinced it is one of the healthiest (and easiest) breakfasts you can have. Let me share with you the main reasons to have oats for breakfast.

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Why you should switch to oats for breakfast

  1. Oats are high in fiber (which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels).
  2. Oats are incredibly nutritious, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  3. It’s a very filling breakfast.
  4. Oats are low in sugar.

What my daily breakfast looks like: soaked oats

There are so many yummy recipes available online to prepare a perfect oatmeal breakfast. I’ll take some time later to share with you some of them. However, in the first place, I wanted to show you what I have for breakfast every day: soaked oats. Indeed, this exact breakfast, I’ve been eating every day for over a year now. I just love it.

The principle of “soaked oats” or “overnight oats” is very simple: you add the oats the night before you want them (or, in my case, first thing in the morning), some kind of milk and your favourite toppings in a bowl and put them in the fridge. The milk gets soaked up by the oats and the next morning you have a delicious ready to eat breakfast waiting for you.

The milk gets soaked up by the oats and the next morning you have a delicious ready to eat breakfast waiting for you.

As it takes some time for the oats to get soft, preparing my breakfast is the first thing I do in the morning (or sometimes I prepare them in the evening). Then, after my shower/morning ritual, my breakfast is ready to be enjoyed!

Ingredients

  • 40g oats
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • ca. 3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk (amount really depends on your oats)
  • 1 scoop soy protein isolate (I go for Body&Fit’s Soy Protein Isolate with the strawberry flavour). Soy protein isolate is the best protein powder to start your day (according to my personal trainer/certified nutrition coach/boyfriend). However, sometimes, I swap it for regular whey powder, if I’m craving another flavour (such as banana, chocolate, vanilla…)
  • (toppings as you prefer, e.g. nuts)

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Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Add as much soy milk as you prefer.

3. Allow some time for the milk to soak, until your oats are soft (potentially have it soak overnight). If necessary, add some milk, if you prefer it more gooey.

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