During the daily struggle to get ready in the morning and bolt out the door toward another painstaking commute and workday, most people tend to completely disregard their body’s need for some sort of edible goods, preferably of the nutritious type. Instead they leave their stomach hanging until the hunger pangs become unbearable or they simply grab something quick at Dunkin Donuts because sadly, “America runs on Dunkin.” Nothing like a healthy donut and coffee to get us ready for a long distance day! On second though, I think I’ll run on an empty stomach.

As much as I would love to pound away on my keyboard and produce countless pages bashing the breakfast food industry until my fingertips bleed, I kind of like my fingertips. So instead let’s focus on the alternative: writing about a healthy, nutritious, and homemade breakfast! The type of breakfast that will carry you over directly to lunch and beyond without any stops in Fatigueville, for the daily festival called Crashfest.
Of all the healthy breakfast options I’ve tried over the years, there is one particular food that I come back to time and again for that ideal morning fill. It is the show stopping, cholesterol lowering, blood sugar stabilizing, immune system boosting, weight controlling son-of-a-gun, Woooooooooooo!, yeah baby, Ooaaatmeal! The nature food for this Nature Boy, Woooooooo! And even though oatmeal will not turn you into Ric Flair, it may reduce your risk for type II diabetes, reduce high blood pressure, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and provide the body with an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So why are we not eating oatmeal all day, every day?

Most people know that oatmeal is good for them, and you, and me, and everyone else, but it’s far from the most consumed morning meal. One reason for this is flavor. Let’s face it, plain oatmeal is not particularly tasty, unless you’re a fan of warm Styrofoam or slow cooked bamboo. The breakfast food industry has done a good job making oatmeal taste better, but that comes at the price of consuming unnecessary sugar, the mysterious “natural flavors”, caramel color, maltodextrin, and other crappy ingredients that do not belong in oatmeal. McDonald’s has championed the bastardization of oatmeal (surprise!) by managing to place a slew of senseless ingredients into their oatmeal when there should really only be one ingredient: 100% oats, preferably organic.

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