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Eat Oatmeal for Dinner, Here's Why


by Amanda Jane Snyder

Eat Oatmeal for Dinner, Here's Why
stop eating oats for breakfastAmanda Jane Snyder

Overnight oats, avocado toast, and cereals are super popular breakfast items. And I understand why! They're healthy AND they taste good.

BUT did you know that carbohydrates can release the hormone serotonin which might leave us feeling tired? Who wants to feel tired as you're JUST starting your day?

What can we eat instead?

Interesting that a lot of breakfast foods contain tons of carbs. So what can we eat instead? Proteins and healthy fats are the best option in morning to leave us feeling full for hours without the crash. Plus, once we consume carbs, usually our body wants more of them leaving us reaching for carb, quick energy, snacks and caffeine pick-me-ups all day long.

When CAN we eat carbs?

Now, don't get me wrong, carbs are certainly not BAD in anyway. So when CAN we eat carbs? Carbs are a great source of energy and are helpful for shuttling the protein to our muscles for protein synthesis. After a tough workout, some good complex carbs can be super beneficial. Even fruits high in fructose such as mangos, bananas, or pineapple can be a great way to refuel our energy stores and start the muscle repair. Carbs in combination with a good protein source is the best to eat after a workout. You can also eat carb heavy foods later in the afternoon or early evening. Since we don't need as much energy later in the day before we get ready to rest, carb foods are best eaten at night.

Sounds like it's time for breakfast, for dinner! Serve it up.

Ultimately you have to do what's best for you. Try collecting some data over the next few weeks and keep track of how you feel after you eat your breakfast. If there's no midmorning or midday slump after eating oats, then keep after it!

Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan since 2016. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers but loves creating, exploring, and enjoying all things vegan and gluten free!

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Amanda is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Lifestyle/Mindset Coach! In the midst of the ever-changing fitness industry chock full of fad diets, Amanda uses her program ForeverFit to help clients find true success through habit change, routine, and making health and fitness apart of their LIFESTYLE! Amanda is powered by plants!

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