This is my favorite breakfast. I’ve always considered it nutritious, so this morning I did some research to see if I was right.
I learned that one-quarter cup of walnuts provides more than 100% of the daily recommended plant-based omega-fats. I also read that they can reduce the risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer. Walnuts contain several unique antioxidants that are not available in many commonly eaten foods. They help with weight control and offer support for brain health and type 2 diabetes. I realize that we can’t believe everything we read on the internet, but I found many good sources, including the Mayo Clinic web site, which stated eating walnuts is good for heart health.
I found an equal number of good reasons to make bananas part of your diet. I eat 1/2 of a medium banana every morning. They contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6, which all support good heart health. There were many other reasons, but I encourage you to do some research, and decide which of the many articles to be correct. Last, but not least, oatmeal is a whole grain, and whole grains can lower your risk of several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. I always buy old fashioned oats, which are not as highly processed as the quick variety. Oatmeal is a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins. I read in several places that it can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or bad cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic.com recommends oatmeal as one of the top five foods to eat, to improve your cholesterol number. Because oatmeal is a good source of fiber, when you eat oats for breakfast, it helps to keep you feeling full for a longer time.After reading as much as I did from many different sources, I’ve decided that my breakfast of oatmeal, walnuts and banana is a good choice. I do top it off with a little non-fat milk in case you wondered. I hope you will give this combination a try. It really is delicious, and nutritious.