Friends, fitness enthusiasts, and the rest of you lot lend me your ears for it is Friday and I come bearing a new article. Today, I want to share with you one of my secrets of life and why I swear by it; Oatmeal.
Oatmeal is truly a magical substance that was put on this earth for the sole purpose of making life better.
To start, let’s break down Oatmeal’s nutritional numbers.
In a single cup of Oatmeal (Most suggested servings are about ½ a cup, which is more than enough to be a meal on its own, trust me) you get the following breakdown…
|Amount Per 1 cup, cooked (234 g)|
% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 3.2 g||4%|
|Saturated fat 0.5 g||2%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0.9 g|
|Trans fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 115 mg||4%|
|Potassium 143 mg||4%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27 g||9%|
|Dietary fiber 4 g||16%|
|Sugar 1.1 g|
|Protein 6 g||12%|
|Vitamin A||20%||Vitamin C||0%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||35%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
Sources include: USDA
The big points to take away from this information are as follows:
Low Calorie Meal
High in Dietary Fiber
Loaded with Micro and Macro nutrients
Protein is essential for muscle growth and provides fuel for other functions of the body. Macro and micro nutrients are essential for internal life functions and the various chemical reactions that occur in the body. Fiber is an indigestible substance that cleans you out like a brush, moves material through your guts faster (fighting against irritation, potential cancers, and feeds the healthy bacteria of your intestines) preventing a plethora of problems and keeping other undigested materials from having excess energy being absorbed and stored as fat cells that leaves you feeling fuller, longer as it moves through you.
It does all of this … at only 158 calories in what could be considered 2 complete servings.
This may be starting to sound a lot like one of those infomercials with an offer that’s just too good to be true …
But wait! There’s more!
By having a high fiber diet and allowing your body to feel fuller, longer, you decrease your odds of ingesting more calories than your body may need and can really help fine tune your system to understand the difference between actually being hungry and not.
But wait! There’s even more!
On top of having all of these nutritional and weight loss benefits, Oatmeal can be prepared in a virtually limitless number of ways, combing it with your favorite fruits for taste and more nutrients, adding a scoop of protein powder or a scoop of peanut butter for increased protein as well as a new taste.
And here’s another lil secret (shhh) got a bit of a sweet tooth? Use Brown sugar for a low calorie sweet injection. Need a chocolate fix? Adding in some unsweetened cocoa into the mix can provide you that chocolaty flavor as well as provide you with some awesome antioxidants!
If that’s not enough to convince you, I start every one of my days with a bowl of it, and end each one with the same.
It helps keep my insides regulated, helps me feel full when I need to be and helps me get a little extra protein and nutrients into my belly.
Maybe it’s not for you, but I swear by it and dare you to try it.