For a healthy breakfast treat, try baking up some Banana Oatmeal Muffins, featured as today’s Health-e-Recipe. This recipe is a great way to use up any ripe bananas you can’t finish before they are overripe. Each muffin is a nutrient-filled treat you can grab as you head out the door. Along with potassium from the bananas, you’ll get some walnuts, which contain omega-3 fats that may help fight cancer.
The oatmeal can help lower levels of harmful cholesterol and, being a whole grain, contains plenty of fiber — especially when it’s paired with whole-wheat flour, as in this recipe. Fiber from whole grains is digested more slowly than refined grains like white flour, giving you longer-lasting energy than products like doughnuts or pastries, which happen to be a lot higher in calories, sugar and fat than these muffins are.
Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast every day can help you maintain a healthy weight by keeping your appetite in check until lunchtime and by revving up your body’s rate of calorie-burning (metabolism) first thing in the morning after it has slowed down during sleep.