Starting your day right



Rule #2 — Eat a nutritious and satisfying breakfast.

When I lived in New York, I used to go to this cute little bakery on Union Square every Saturday morning. They had the most unbelievable oatmeal bar — like a salad bar. And the oatmeal they served was McCain’s. I lived for this breakfast — as soon as I got off the subway, I would salivate. I topped my oatmeal with walnuts, sunflower seeds, blueberries and maple syrup. To this day, that oatmeal is my favorite breakfast. Yummy for sure, but also one of the best things you can put in your body at the beginning of the day.

Steel cut oats are packed with fiber (they will seriously send you to the bathroom almost as soon as you’ve finished your bowl!). Not only that, they are loaded with vitamin B (really important female vitamin), calcium and protein. Their density causes you to digest longer therefore keeping you satisfied throughout the morning. All of you carb freaks need not worry — these are the good carbs (the fibrous ones that you need).

So, get thee to the store and buy the can (not the box of instant) of McCain’s. Plan to cook them for at least 20 minutes. Then set up your own oatmeal bar for the whole family: nuts, fruit, dried fruits, agave or maple syrup. Teach your children now how to start their day off right. It’s great brain food and will keep you craving the right things the rest of the day.