We hear it over and over again, that food has enormous impact on not just our health but the way we feel. What we eat becomes a driving force for our hormone production, energy, gut health, quality of sleep… it's fair to say it is our ‘Life Force’.
The food and drink we start the day with sets the tone for the rest of that day. For example, if you’re worried about a big meeting you have to go in to or you have a kids birthday party - a sugary cereal washed down with a gallon of coffee is most likely going to set your nerves on edge and have you hit a sugar slump by midday.
Here’s a breakfast I love to recommend that is fortifying and especially good for people suffering with Monday Morning blues, feeling anxious or who need a little soothing. With the two main ingredients being the humble oat and calming, sweet chamomile, this is a breakfast that helps to calm, strengthen and ready us for the day ahead.
As far as oats go, they’re definitely up there as one of the most loved, healthy comfort foods. Nothing says a cosy breakfast like a big bowl of porridge. But oats offer more than just cosiness in a bowl, they contain the amino acid tryptophan that the brain converts into the feel-good hormone serotonin. As well as being soothing on the nerves, oats also contain lots of vitamins and minerals needed to help prevent anxiety such as Magnesium and Vitamin B12.
Having a low glycemic index means oats are less likely to cause blood sugar spikes and they also contain B-glucans which are known to help reduce insulin sensitivity. Oats are a wonderfully nutritious way to start or end the day with.