What ? A post on breakfast on a Chimney Sweep site? Why not?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; even for Chimney Sweeps! And the meal that is the most overlooked, most forgotten and most abused.
But what to eat? Well if it is the most important; it is also critical to eat something decent and that will provide your body with some nutrients and substance.
I generally mix it up a bit..
a) with a single slice of bacon – maybe two eggs and some toast every third day.
b) a bowl of oatmeal with some granola and banana on top every third day.
c) a cold cereal with some fruit and toast the remaining third day.
Idea is to make some variety and provide a somewhat healthy diet.
Let’s think about them. We can start with the second one. Most understand granola and banana – although maybe we can chat about that a bit later.
But oatmeal ? Rather bland to say the least. But this one super grain is a healthy nutritional powerhouse that hides behind its dull appearance.
Oats have been part of the human diet since before the time of Christ, medicinally, oatmeal was and is used for healing the skin, intestinal illness, nerve problems, and uterine complaints, among others.
With a small serving of oatmeal you get 13 grams of protein, almost your total recommended daily intake of manganese and also includes several other beneficial ingredients including vitamin E, tocotrieonols, selenium, phenolic acids, phytic acid, Vitamin B1, Biotin, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Copper and Magnesium.
Oatmeal can help with one of the biggest problems of our society today, weight gain and obesity. This is because oatmeal makes you feel full, it satisfies your hunger. Gives you that full feeling longer – oatmeal provides excellent low-level energy for a longer period of time and the fibre in the oatmeal stays in your stomach longer – giving you that satisfying full feeling.
Oatmeal can also help with regulation of insulin in the body, you are less likely to experience the low blood sugar cravings and thereby prevent the habit of reaching for our favourite snack.
Because of the low caloric intake of oatmeal itself and how it helps to reduce other eating or snacking – the benefits of oatmeal on overall daily calorie intake can be dramatic.
But besides the benefits listed above there are more, yes more! Oatmeal has been proven to provide significant health benefits. These are lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, decreased risk of heart failure, improvement in immune response, reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes, reduction in risk of breast cancer due to fibre content and finally extension in overall life expectancy (likely in part tied to the previous factors).
Now I can not say the same for the other two days for breakfast; but the also have some merit which I will discuss in other blogs. However, I have been thinking of changing the routine a bit – having fewer bacon/egg days and more oatmeal days – but with alternative additions beside banana and granola – more to come on this one as well.