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HEALTHY BREAKFAST IDEA: BANANA OATMEAL

I asked you on instagram whether you would like me to share my favourite oatmeal recipe with you and so many of you said yes, so here it is.

There are so many oatmeal recipes and ways to make it, but this one is my favourite. I am a huge oatmeal lover and this is my breakfast at least 5-times a week. I can’t get enought of it.

It is easy to make and preparation will take you only a few minutes. Since food is my passion and profession, I will share some info about the nutrients and benefits of ingredients this breakfast contains, for those who are interested. Now, let’s get to the actual recipe!

YOU NEED:

  • a cup of oats
  • rice or coconut milk
  • 1 tbs peanut butter
  • frozen berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs shreded dried coconut
  • cinnamon

PREPARATION:

1.Heat milk, add oats, some chia seeds and coconut. Cook for a few minutes and occasionally stir, until it gets that “oatmeal” consistency. It shouldn’t be too liquid, but not too compact either.

2.Mash banana in another bowl. When appropriately mashed, add heated oatmeal and mix everything togehther so you get a satisfying consistency.

3.Add berries, some more chia seeds, cinnamon and one tablespoon of peanut butter. Voila, your breakfast is ready.

4.Enjoy this delicious breakfast, take time to eat it and try not to check your phone while eating.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

CHIA SEEDS:

  • Chia seeds are rich in  omega-3, which works to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and very importantly – inflammation! As you may know inflammation is a start to many diseases, so it is very important to lower the inflammatory mediators.
  • Chia is very high in fiber. Fiber is good for your digestion and also helps your body with balancing insulin levels.
  • It contains high amounts of minerals, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. These minerals are essential for many biochemical processes, so your body functions are optimal.
  • Chia seeds are one of the top plant-based sources of protein, which is always a plus. Especially if you are plant-based eater, adding chia seeds to your diet will help you with adequate daily protein intake.

OATS:

  • Oats are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which helps to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and blood sugar levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness.
  • Due to beta-glucan, oats help lower blood sugar levels.
  • They are rich source of fiber and many elements such as magnesium, phosphorus, copper and vitamin B1

PEANUT BUTTER:

  • Peanut butter is another good source of some elements and vitamins. It is rich in magnesium and vitamin B6.  Magnesium plays importatnt role in normal bone structure, vitamin B6 is important for metabolism, normal brain and liver function.
  • Peanut butter is also a good source of protein, so if you are a plant base eater , adding moderate amounts of peanut butter to your diet will help you to satisfy the daily requirements.

I hope you try this recipe or at least get some inspiration and try something similar for breakfast. I will try to share more healthy recipes this year and give you some basic facts about their health benefits.

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