The benefits of whole grains are numerous, latest research being they help us stay lean.**

Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, and a bowl of oatmeal should be a staple item in your diet. Oatmeal can lower cholesterol and the chance of a heart attack. Some other facts about oatmeal:

  1. Finely Ground Oats May Help with Skin Care
  2. Oatmeal is Very Filling and May Help You Lose Weight
  3. Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious
  4. Oats Can Improve Blood Sugar Control
  5. Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan
  6. They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage
  7. They May Decrease The Risk of Childhood Asthma
  8. Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants
Try this quick, fit breakfast YOUR way:
1/2-1 cup oatmeal (dry old fashioned)
Non dairy milk (use a bit less than double the amount of oatmeal)
Mix and microwave for 1-2 minutes OR place in small pot on stovetop and cook for 5 minutes.
Breakfast done!  Top with banana, berries, flax seed, almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, dried fruit, WHATEVER!
**Grains aid in weight maintenance, according to an abstract presented at this year’s American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology. Researchers compared diets that both included and excluded grains in adults and children from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Despite a higher reported caloric intake, those who consumed the most pasta, cereals, rice, and other grains weighed 7.2 pounds less and had a smaller waistline than those who did not consume grains. Rolls, tortillas, and other bread products contributed to daily intakes of fiber, folate, iron, zinc, and other nutrients, while salty snacks and crackers were associated with higher fruit intake and an overall better diet.

Papanikolaou Y, Fulgoni VL. Abstract presented at: American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2016; April 2-6, 2016: San Diego, CA.

By Kelly Kurcina

Kelly is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of nutrition and fitness. She has been teaching for over 26 years. Running track & field in high school increased her interest in how the body functions. At the age of 18 she chose to work at a health food store. She has been a committed practitioner of nutrition and fitness ever since. She has taught hundreds of students over the years. She currently teaches Les Mills RPM, Les Mills CXWORX, Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Hiit and more. She is also a certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.

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