Why You Should Start Your Day Off with Oatmeal or Müesli

By Paul Riegler on 3 December 2019
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Like the movies “Sunset Boulevard,” “Citizen Kane,” and “Casablanca,” oatmeal and müesli are classics.  Although travel can be hectic, it’s especially important when on the road to start off the morning with a healthy meal that will set the pace for the remainder of the day.

Oatmeal and müesli are both rich in fiber, which regulates the digestive system and can help with weight control.  They are both loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.

In addition, oats have a unique form of soluble fiber known as beta-glucan, which slows digestion and helps keep one satiated for hours, and müesli has less sugar and fewer calories than most breakfast cereals.

A bowl of müesli and fresh fruit

Oatmeal is coarse flour made of hulled oat grain and, in the United States and much of Canada, the word usually refers to describe an oat porridge made of oatmeal. Oatmeal is popular in Scotland where it is used in a variety of dishes including oatcakes, as a main ingredient in haggis, and also as porridge.  Oatmeal porridge is also a staple for breakfast in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Meanwhile, müesli is made with rolled oats, fresh and dried fruits, seeds, and nuts.  Müesli was first popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Maximilian Bircher-Benner,a Swiss physician and nutritionist who had a strong influence on our diets and healthy eating.  In contrast to the traditional then current European diet based on meat, potatoes, and bread, Bircher-Benner promoted fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

To complete the breakfast bowl, add sliced banana, which fills the body with energizing vitamin B6, and if you add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or some nut butter, as well as a little milk or a non-dairy alternative, which contain protein, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids (aka healthy fats), you’ll be good to go for hours afterwards.

If eating müesli or oatmeal or other similar cereals isn’t your thing, you can still get a healthy and powerful start to the day with an omelet filled with fibrous vegetables or a slice of whole grain bread or avocado toast.

Finally, you can also substitute yoghurt for müesli or oatmeal.  Plain yoghurt made from whole milk is a rich source of protein and enhances healthy gut bacteria, strengthens the immune system, protects against osteoporosis, and may benefit heart health.

Whatever you do, don’t skip your morning meal.   Doing that signals your body that it should conserve energy because food may be hard to come by. As a result, your metabolism slows and your body attempts to store fat, which is not what most people want.  Many people skip breakfast in the morning under the belief that it will help avoid unnecessary calories but eating a high-fiber nutrient-dense breakfast will make it less likely you’ll be hungry throughout the day.

In addition, multiple studies have shown that children and adults who eat breakfast have improved cognitive skills and perform better throughout the day.

Now, go out and conquer the day!

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