Oatmeal is not the answer

July 26, 2021

Oatmeal is not the answer

Energy crashes in the middle of the morning are common but not normal. Traditional breakfast foods in the US include cold cereal with milk, toast with butter and jelly and coffee with sugar and cream. Pastries, donuts, bagels and other high carb foods like instant oatmeal are a recipe for crashing and craving more high carb foods. 

What is there to eat and how can we avoid these blood sugar crashes that leave us feeling depleted, irritable and with little to no energy?

Changing your breakfast can lead you to a different way to experience your morning: Full of energy that will last you longer than 4 hours and can carry you seamlessly until lunch.

So, you’ve noticed that your energy in the morning is fleeting and that you’re feeling increasingly tired and cranky at work. You wish you could have the energy you used to, but try as you may, you’re still depleted. It may be your breakfast. You’ve even tried eating oatmeal with sugar, cinnamon and milk instead of cereal and you’re still feeling empty by 11:00 am. All the experts say that oatmeal is full of fiber and good for you. 

I would like to show you four different types of breakfasts you could have that will transform your morning and eventually, your life. 

What’s important to know is that a high amount of carbs in the morning will increase your blood sugar rapidly and your body will use it up quickly, leaving you empty and low in energy. The reason for this is that carbs are digested and absorbed rapidly in the absence of protein, fiber or fat. Oats have fiber but very little protein and very little fat. Instead, you could start your breakfast with protein and fat and minimize the carbs. 

  1. For example, choosing an egg scramble with some breakfast meat like ham or sausage and some grilled veggies, like onion, mushroom, red bell peppers and tomatoes will provide a good dose of protein, fiber and fat. Be sure to use healthy fat like avocado oil or ghee for your eggs. DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE HERE
  2. Another option is to eat a grainless bowl utilizing healthy seeds and nuts with some berries. Chia seeds are a great source of fat, fiber and protein and they absorb 8-10x their weight in water. This is why chia seeds are a super-food! Add some freshly ground flaxseeds, some quinoa, nut milk of choice, protein powder, cinnamon, berries and nuts and you will have a breakfast that will leave you balanced and full of energy. The best part is that you can put this together the night before by soaking the chia and flaxseeds in nut milk and in the morning all you have to do is add the rest and go. I like to put this in a pint size mason glass jar for easy storage. DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE HERE 
  3. Another choice for breakfast I’m loving lately is the pancake. The recipe consists of garbanzo flour, onion, spices and any other veggies you want to add. This is a good alternative for people who cannot tolerate eggs. Garbanzo flour is high in protein. You may use ghee or avocado oil to cook them and top with avocado. I promise you it’s delicious! DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE HERE
  4. My last example for a good breakfast that doesn’t include a ton of carbs is a veggie stir fry with chicken sausage or any other protein. I mix this with quinoa and it holds me up for hours. Some of my favorite veggies to use are: Onions, mushrooms, carrots, greens of any kind and sometimes I add sweet potatoes to make it more filling. Remember, having enough fat and protein in the meal will help delay the absorption of carbs, making it a sustainable form of energy that will help you have a steady blood sugar for a long time. DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE HERE


👉🏼 I invite you to Watch my "Breakfast Ideas for Balancing Blood Sugar part 1 and 2" on YOUTUBE for more information and the step-by-step recipe tutorials.

Let me know in the chat if this was useful to you and what kind of topics you would like me to discuss.

 

With Love,

- Monica Paz




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