After a good night’s sleep, when the body has concentrated all its energy and resources on repairing and renewing all the different cells, it needs food to provide the nutrients required to generate energy for the day’s activities. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
There’s a lot of truth in the old saying “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and sup like a pauper.”
The ideal breakfast will contain all the food types required by the body to enable it to work at it its peak potential. This means complex (un-refined) carbs, protein and some good fats. What it doesn’t need is lots of refined carbs and sugar, like those found in most breakfast cereals. These will simply send the blood sugar skyrocketing, resulting in the release of masses of insulin into the blood. The insulin will rapidly reduce the blood sugar level and by mid-morning you’ll be starving again.
Besides being an excellent source of energy producing carbs, oats contains a substance called beta- glucan. Beta-glucan has the amazing ability to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. In fact, studies have shown that diabetics given oats for breakfast experienced much lower rises in blood sugar than those who consumer refined carbs, like white bread and refined cereals. Oats also contains both soluble and in-soluble fiber, making it very colon friendly. Cooked oats porridge is probably the best known oats breakfast, however, the healthiest form is rolled oats. Add a little hot (not boiling) water to a few spoons of rolled oats and allow to soak for 5 minutes, then add chopped nuts, fruit, raisins, etc., and enjoy a really healthy breakfast.