“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. Milne
There’s lots of evidence that says that if you eat breakfast you’ll live longer. But, as my stats tutor loved to proclaim, correlation is not causation.
In my experience, the world is made up of those who can’t do without breakfast and those who can’t stomach a thing when they wake up. I imagine there’s something else about the non-breakfast eaters of this world that curtails their short and unsatiated lives. And telling people that eating breakfast is either preaching to the converted, or a waste of breath.
However, if you’re not in the latter, unlucky group, why not make your breakfast of champions (champions of long life, that is) even more super-charged?
Oats are already an awesome breakfast – hearty and healthy, frugal yet filling, and guaranteed to instil nostalgia for whatever kind relative made them for you growing up.
There are a million variants on basic oatmeal. Scots like it made with water and salt; I like mine with milk and honey. But recently I’ve been enjoying LSA in my oats.
What’s LSA? It stands for linseed, sunflower and almond (which actually sounds more appetising than LSA) and is those three ground up into a nutty meal. Since they’re all really good for you, especially in combination, the nut meal is a convenient addition to all sorts of dishes, such as baking, stews and salads.
Added to oats, it gives a little of that wonderful linseed flavour and the richness of the almonds to the porridge. Yum.