If you’re a busy workaholic like me, you have every intention of eating a healthy breakfast in the morning, but don’t get around to it. Every year, I make ‘eat a healthy breakfast’ my New Year’s resolution and have failed miserably, but today it actually seems doable. Before the holiday season ended I had a chance to chat with renowned registered dietitian Katherine Brooking about quick, easy, well-balanced breakfasts and she finally convinced me that it is possible to eat a prepare a delicious breakfast in as quick as one minute with healthy and nutritious Quaker oatmeal! During our interview Katherine also shared a few great recipe ideas and more. Please be sure to watch the video below and check out our Q & A.
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice on how we can keep our New Year’s resolutions?
Katherine Brooking: “I sure do. There’s a great survey that just came out in Today’s Dietitian magazine, and it was a survey of 500 registered dietitians and they found that a great way to stick to your New Year’s resolution is by starting the day with an oatmeal breakfast. Two thirds in fact said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and 41% said that oatmeal was their top choice.”
Candace Rose: What are dietitians eating? What do they look for in a healthy breakfast?
Katherine Brooking: “They’re saying that oatmeal is their top choice, and I’m certainly saying it as well because Quaker Oats are my go-to breakfast, and it’s because of the whole grains. They give us the energy that we need to sustain our activity, to fuel our fitness and to real keep hunger at bay throughout the morning.
I’ve got some wonderful ideas using Quaker Oats for some healthy swaps this new year. Say for example you are a French toast eater. Well, if you take the Quaker 1-Minute oats and you slice some apples and you add some cinnamon and just a drizzle of maple syrup, you’re going to get a touch of that sweetness, but you’re also getting the whole grains that you need for energy throughout the day, and you’re going to keep hunger at bay throughout the morning. This is really a wholesome and hearty way to start your day.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other tweaks we can make for breakfast?
Katherine Brooking: “Definitely. I know there’s a lot of folks out there like things like an egg and cheese sandwich, I’ve got a wonderful savory option using the Quaker Steel Cut 3-Minute oats. What I do is I take those oats and I add a poached egg, I add a little bit of turkey bacon and a sprinkle of parmesan or other type of cheese just to give it that little bit of cheese flavor. You’re really getting a wholesome meal. The protein in the egg is going to keep you full for longer and again, you’re getting those whole grains and the oats for that energy and satiety, so these are just a few ideas. There’s a whole lot of recipe ideas at QuakerOats.com.”