What’s for Breakfast?

We’re told it’s the most important meal of the day. It eases our body into action and prepares us for the activities ahead. It kick starts our metabolism after a night of rest and the effects of a good breakfast can be felt throughout the day.

I’ve recently switched to the most basic of breakfasts …. porridge.

While it’s easy to be seduced by the shiny, bright packaging of processed breakfast foods, I’ve got to admit that I’m really not missing the sweeter, more ‘exotic’ breakfast cereals. These days I simply whack some oats, a little honey and some water in a bowl, shove it through the microwave, add just a dash of milk and I’m ready for a good start to the day. (I may negate some of the healthy benefits of my rolled outs with my big mug of strong, black coffee, but that’s a risk I’m prepared to take.)

I should say that I’ve been surprised at how much cheaper rolled oats are than other cereals and how long a packet lasts. When I was choosing which oats to buy I grabbed the Lowan Wholegrain Rolled Oats from Lowan Whole Foods because they cost less than most other brands and I wasn’t paying for fancy packaging.

Lowan Rolled Oats contain the goodness of 100% wholegrains and are milled using a method which retains a high percentage of nutrients.

A bowl of Lowan Rolled Oats can keep you feeling full for longer. Naturally low in salt and containing vitamin B1, each serve of Lowan Rolled Oats is high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre.

So, are you a porridge eater? What do you have for breakfast? Are you in the habit of skipping breakfast?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • I sometimes have Lotus organic quick oats for breakfast (with fresh or frozen fruit and some nuts or seeds added in) or a smoothie with lots of fruit, nuts and seeds but most of the time I don’t really care for breakfast foods. I often have things like veggie burgers, vegan burritos, sandwhiches or occassionally dinner left overs for breakfast. They’re all healthy foods that I eat so I figure it probably doesn’t matter that it’s not normal to have them for breakfast– they still give me lots of energy to face the day.

    • Your idea of a smoothie with lots of fruit, nuts and seeds sounds pretty good. I may just have to give it a try.

  • Every day, sometimes twice a day! There are certainly cheaper options, but Uncle Tobys give the creamiest result 🙂 Half to three quarts cup rolled oats, skim milk, then any number of extras: banana & honey, just honey, sugar and nutmeg, sugar and cinnamon… Great start to the day.

  • Sorry Randy. I am lost on porridge. Reckon that is the difference between Australia and America?? I go through moments where I eat breakfast (cereal, instants oatmeal, sometimes eggs with veggies added) but often find myself eating a Clif Bar. What I can’t understand is when I eat breakfast, i find myself hungrier during the morning. Go figure.

    • Do you have to eat before cycling? I find that I can ride quite a distance before breakfast but I know some riders that would collapse 10 kilometres from home if they haven’t had a big breakfast.

  • Never had Porridge in my life… isn´t German, I guess. Bread, that´s German, though and I missed that a lot in Australia (the German bread, the variety)! Once found a French bakery and they had real Brötchen, so we stayed a bit longer.

    Porridge… looks rather… not so yummy to me?

    • I have to admit that it’s not the most interesting looking breakfast and a lot of people don’t like it but it certainly works for me. Maybe worth a try sometime?

  • I’ve just done like you Rodney, gone away from the nicely packaged stuff, but instead of oats, I’ve gone to toasted muesli. I add some yogurt and peaches and it makes a good start to the morning.

    Not being able to have milk means I need to get creative on how to eat cereal.

    • I haven’t had toasted muesli for such a long time. I’ll have to grab some for a change some time.

  • Hi Rodney:

    This is NOT a comment on your post but I’m curious to know whether you have had any dealings with a group known as the Exclusive Brethren.

    I was raised in a brethren assembly that was considered an “Open” assembly but I’ve been doing some reading on the “Exclusives” who now have their headquarters in Australia.

    I’d be interested in knowing whether or not you have had contact with any of them, Just curious about your comments!

    Thanks, Rodney!


  • You have me thinking about trying oats again Rodney, however, as I tend to eat breakfast at work (ride to work and then have brekky) my preference is All Bran + Weetbix + Low Fat Greek yoghurt (on advice of my sports nutritionist – the yoghurt part). The yoghurt being protein is good for a sustainable meal meaning I am not so hungry at lunch time and hence eat better then as well.

    • I grab breakfast at work too. Porridge is a little messier but we have a microwave and good kitchen facilities so it works for me. I really should try some yoghurt now and then.

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