5 Reasons to Make Oatmeal for Breakfast Tomorrow

5 Reasons to Make Oatmeal for Breakfast Tomorrow
The humble bowl of oatmeal is the breakfast powerhouse you didn't know about

We know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what you eat is just as important. A healthy breakfast favors whole foods over sugary or processed convenience foods, and sets the tone for good choices all day long. Next time you’re looking for morning-meal inspiration, look no further than the jar of oats you’ve got in your cupboard. Here are five great reasons to kickstart your morning with a hearty bowl of oatmeal.

Reason #1: It’s Filling. Oatmeal is full of soluble fiber – approximately 4 grams per cup. That fiber helps you slow down digestion, skipping the mid-morning munchies and keeping you full until lunch.

Reason #2: It Lowers Cholesterol. All that fiber has other benefits too. Studies have shown that raising your intake of soluble fiber just 5-10 grams daily can lower bad LDL cholesterol by as much as 5 percent, lowering risk of stroke and heart disease.

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Reason #3: It Helps You Lose Weight. Research recently found eating breakfast every day led to 4lbs less weight than skipping, and focusing on slow-release carbs like oatmeal can even help burn more fat if eaten prior to exercise.

Reason #4: It Lowers Diabetes Risk. All that soluble fiber also helps control blood glucose levels, which may lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association also recommends oatmeal for people who have diabetes.

Reason #5: It’s Fast
A homemade breakfast bar is quick if you make them ahead of time, but in the morning quick oats can be made in less than 5 minutes and rolled oats can be ready in 15-20. Add in your favorite berries, nuts, seeds, and you’ve got a filling and fast meal that fuel you all day long!