Ok, that’s a lie. Oatmeal is NOT a sexy breakfast. What it is, though, is cheap. And wonderful for you. And I’m not talking about the single-serving packets of flavored, sugary crap. Get yourself a bulk supply of 100% rolled oats, mix a half-cup with water and pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes. (Steel-cut oats are another option that are also wonderful, but have a different texture and take longer to prepare.) That costs about 15 cents. So, from that point, you’ve got some room in the budget to really go gourmet. Right now, I love mine with raisins, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and a tiny splash of vanilla extract. But the options are infinite. Chop up an apple and throw that in. My mother-in-law taught me to mix a little yogurt in, and that’s delicious, too. If I also have a hard-boiled egg, I am unstoppable.
Oats are loaded with soluble fiber, which will soak up LDL, or “bad” cholesterol from the blood stream. That’s good news! The fiber will also keep you full longer, helping to regulate blood sugar. Also great news! The insoluble fiber will help keep your digestive system regular. For my fellow nursing moms, oats will help boost milk supply. And if you feed it to your spouse, he or she will always fill up the gas tank. Ok, that last one is another lie. But all of the other stuff is really true. So… what are you having for breakfast?