My whole foods cooking teacher just wrote this post on why you should switch from cold cereal to hot. She focuses mostly on oatmeal. During my schooling I learned how bad cold cereals are for you, especially if you have insulin concerns. I made an effort to quit my cold cereal habit, of which I had a lengthy love affair and often ate for more than one meal a day. I had to set my alarm 15 minutes earlier and make an effort to prepare my first meal of the day. Usually I alternate an egg with fruit or oatmeal with fruit. That’s about all the creativity I can muster that early. I have met several people that have broken the breakfast mold and will have sauteed greens with chicken, or a piece of fish with whole grains as their first meal of the day. They tell me this type of start makes them feel wonderful all day long.
I’ve been a non-cereal eater now for over 6 months and I do think it has made a difference. Having a more complete breakfast keeps me full for longer which helped me eliminate the need for snacking in the mid-morning hours. Plus, I know I’m getting better nutrition from more whole foods.
So check out the reasons Rachel outlines for some more facts against boxed cold-cereals and perhaps try out the recipe for oatmeal cooked in coffee. A couple of notes: she suggests not stirring your oatmeal while it’s cooking since this can break up the proteins causing them to separate, settle to the bottom and burn. I haven’t found this to work for me, but I do have an electric stove that tends to run really hot. Also, she suggests soaking your oats for at least a few hours, usually overnight, before you cook them. While increasing digestibility, the texture completely changes. If you prefer a grittier, grainier texture, then don’t go this route.
Your options for cereal-free breakfasts are limitless! What did you eat this morning?