We all know that skipping breakfast is a big ‘no-no’. Your metabolism will begin to slow down causing more unwanted weight instead of an easy way to ‘cut calories’ as many believe. Your body needs proper nutrition to function normally.
Oatmeal for Breakfast
According to Web MD, oatmeal may not only lower small and large LDL particles and lower cholesterol it also contains antioxidants. These antioxidants may help curb inflammation. It is good for type 2 diabetes, losing weight, and high blood pressure.
Add Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
By adding extra virgin coconut oil to an already healthy breakfast you are adding wonderful benefits that a lot of people do not know comes from the oil. According to Coconut Oil.com, studies have shown that coconut oil helps aid in weight loss, lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer, supports thyroid, is an anti-septic, the list goes on-and-on.
Flax Seed Benefits
Many studies have been conducted on flax seed. According to Health Castle.com, flax seed has shown positive effects on Crohn’s Disease, colitis, heart disease, inflammed intestines, and lowering total cholesterol among many other benefits.
Resembling a cactus, agave is a large spiky plant found mainly in Southern Mexico. The nectar can be used as a sweetener in food or can be used as a syrup. Some people compare its taste to honey, while others find it much more appealing. It will not leave an after taste which is common in artificial sweeteners. It is fast becoming the choice sweetener by health conscience people and doctors alike.
Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipe
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 and 3/4 cups organic 2% milk
1 tablespoon organic agave nectar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons butter or buttery spread
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 to 2 teaspoons flax seed
1 small banana, sliced
2 to 3 tablespoons organic yogurt, any flavor
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, optional
1 tablespoon soy nuts, optional
In a medium sauce pan, add all ingredients, except yogurt. Turn burner to medium-high heat. Stir occasionally. Bring to a light boil. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add yogurt. Stir. Enjoy!
Tips for a Healthy Breakfast
These items normally are purchased in containers that contain many servings making it budget-friendly as well. Adding different flavors of yogurt can also be an option. Other fruits can be added instead of or in conjunction with the banana. Instead of cinnamon and ginger, try adding pumpkin pie spice for holiday flavored oatmeal. If more sweetness is desired, add one packet of Stevia natural sweetener. For added protein, add 1 teaspoon of organic peanut butter.