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What are you having for breakfast?  If you're eating oatmeal every morning, you may live up to 15% longer than those who opt for another choice or who skip breakfast all together.

A new study released by Harvard School of Public Health noticed that people who eat more whole grains daily have a reduced risk of death individually by 15%. We have known for a while that eating more whole grains can help control weight, prevent hunger cravings throughout the day, and even reduce you total cholesterol. Now we know that we can also live longer by making one small change each morning!

Choose your oatmeal wisely!

Instant oatmeals don't necessarily fit into this category unless you read the labels. Quaker has many varieties of instant oatmeals on the market but my recommended is the Weight Control varieties which offer 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber for 160 calories. It takes reading the nutrition labels to see if they have any nutritional value. Another on the market place which fits the criteria is thinkThin Protein and Fiber Oatmeal.  

Look for at least 5 grams of protein per serving and at least 5 grams of fiber in your oatmeal choices. But keep in mind, I would recommend oatmeal as a side dish plus add some fresh berries to keep you satiated and starve off hunger cravings before lunch.  

Also keep in mind that oatmeal can be an easy go-to snack. It fits into a snack category because it's under 200 calories and contains some fiber and protein. Plus it fits easily in your purse or desk and can help with afternoon cravings when lunch is high in sugars or you're tired.

Not all oats are created equal, and for those who don't like oatmeal, a healthy dose of exercise will help you live longer too! Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily has been proven to improve cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol and help manage weight.  

If you have any health or fitness related questions, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or email me directly at andrea@womensforum.com.

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