Why Oatmeal May Be One of Your
Best Breakfast Choices
You may even choose to skip your morning meal all together or substitute it for a cup of coffee (not recommended, I’m just saying, it’s a choice).
Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, and it’s best not to skip it (there are some exceptions, more on that in another post).
So what should you eat to satisfy yourself until lunch time and get the nourishment you need to thrive in the first half of your day? One of your best choices is good, old-fashioned oatmeal.
While smoothies and fruit bowls are high in nutrients, Ayurveda places great significance of the energetic qualities of food. The time of year and each individual’s unique mind-body type determines which foods are best for you, not nutrients alone.
During the fall and winter, and for individuals experiencing “cold” imbalances such as anxiety, constipation, chronic chill, and irritability —set aside the smoothies in exchange for a warm breakfast porridge, such as oatmeal.
Oatmeal has many nutrition and energetic benefits. Oatmeal is:
- High in fiber, especially with add-ins such as ground flax, chia seeds and berries
- Can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
- Energetically warm, grounding and calming — important food qualities for fall and winter
- A demulcent (hydrating) food that supports healthy bowel movements
Try the recipe below to start your day, even if you typically have not been a fan of oatmeal. I used to not touch it until I learned how to make it more interesting with toppings like nuts, seeds, and spices.
I’d love to hear how you make your oatmeal or if you notice a difference in how you feel when you eat it. Leave a comment below.
Good Morning Oatmeal
Prep: 5 min :: Cook Time: 10 min :: Serves: 1
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp clarified butter or coconut oil
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of organic whole cow’s, unsweetened coconut or unsweetened almond milk
- 1 dash of ground cinnamon
- 1 dash of ground ginger (optional)
- 1 tiny pinch of salt (optional)
- 1 tbs of raisins or other dried fruit such as apricot or prunes
- 1 tbs of chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 handful of diced apple, blueberries, blackberries and/or sliced strawberries
- 1-2 tbs of maple syrup (stevia or raw cane sugar are other options as well)
Melt ghee or coconut oil (optional) in a small saucepan over medium heat, then add spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add oatmeal and mix into ghee and spices. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. It’s important to add the nuts and dried fruit during the cooking process so they can become hydrated and easier to digest. Add water and milk (cow’s, coconut or almond).
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover simmering for 5-10 minutes. Be sure not to overcook the oatmeal, and add additional liquid if needed. Ideally, your oatmeal should be a soupy consistency with plenty of moisture. Serve in a bowl and top with fresh berries and 1 tbs of maple syrup.
You can garnish and dress up this basic oatmeal recipe in a variety of ways. I love to top it with a generous portion of fresh berries.