Our new breakfast items will set the tone for your whole day. Eating a satisfying, delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast is a powerful tool in maintaining a healthy weight, and to remind yourself that you’re a person who values healthy choices. When you make the right choices, you keep your metabolism cranking, your mental clarity and energy levels high, and you set your entire day on the right track.
I also recommend starting with a green juice to kick off your day. So add it to any of our brand new breakfast items offered at our location at Healthworks in Back Bay, including the following two. Both are bolstered in nutritional value since they contain our almond milk which is loaded with protein, antioxidants, plus vitamins such as E and B complex, and minerals such as manganese, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and fiber.
The benefits of oats are too many to name, as I’m sure you know. Oats provide magnesium, fiber, plant-based protein, potassium, and they contain absolutely no added sugar. Because we soak them overnight in our signature almond milk before serving them to you in the morning, their digestibility improves greatly because their starches break down and their natural phytic acid (which all plants contain) is greatly reduced. That makes them even tastier and more easily absorbed by your body.
Oats have plenty of other benefits, too. They:
- Lower cholesterol: Studies show that people who eat a bowl of oatmeal every day lowered their cholesterol by 20%.
- Stabilize blood sugar levels: Oats keep you fuller for longer without sugar highs and crashes.
- Can lower the risk of cancer: With high levels of fibre, oats lower estrogen levels, which helps prevent cancer.
- Reduce high blood pressure: Oats are high in soluble fibre, which helps to reduce hypertension.
- Keep things moving: The high fibre content helps speed the passage of the bowel through the body, reducing constipation.
- Help manage weight: Oats help you feel fuller longe,r which curbs your appetite. Studies have shown that children who eat a bowl of oatmeal a day are 50% less likely to suffer from obesity.
- Improve athletic performance: It’s been shown that oats alter metabolism and enhance performance if eaten about an hour before exercise.
A rich concoction of chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla, our special recipe for this pudding is full of chia–the edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. It’s been grown in Mexico as far back as Mayan and Aztec cultures; legend has it that both societies used chia to fuel performance for their pyramid-building ventures. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
Chia’s also loaded with antioxidants that fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. They also are:
- A big source of protein, the most weight loss-friendly nutrient in the diet, by far. And they contain a good balance of essential amino acids, so our bodies can more easily make use of the protein in them.
- Mineral-rich. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 percent of your recommended intake of the mineral manganese. Though not a well-known nutrient, it’s important for good health; it’s great for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin.
- Huge in fiber. Just a one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fiber, which is important for digestive health. That means that adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount.
- A tock-up of Omega-3. With nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving (and more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram), chia seeds deliver fats that are important for brain health.