We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At one point, this was just wisdom that your grandmother passed down to your mother and so on. But nutrition research and studies on weight loss seem to support this bit of “grandma wisdom.” People who eat breakfast tend to be leaner and healthier than those that do not.
So, is breakfast the most important meal of the day for PCOS?
Unfortunately, breakfast is often our most rushed meal of the day. I used to be one of those person that rushes out from the house without having any breakfast just to reach to office earlier.
You know…..when you are short on time, making a good food choice not only becomes difficult but it also becomes stressful and starting out your day with stress hormones flowing and a sugary breakfast cereal spiking your insulin levels will make mornings unpleasant and inflame PCOS symptoms.
Before my diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, my standard breakfast was oatmeal bread, muesli or cereal. The problem was that I was always starving 2 hours later.
My breakfasts have changed drastically and the best thing about them is that they see me through to lunch. I’m going to give you some breakfast ideas for your PCOS diet and you can spend just a few minutes cooking to enjoy some healthy eats!
My Overnight Fruit Oats Bowl Recipe
- 1/3 cup uncooked oats
- Sliced strawberries, kiwi, blueberries
- Nuts – walnuts, almond, cashew nuts
- Raw honey (for flavor)
- Greek yogurt
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together the night before. Store in a glass container, covered in the refrigerator or you can have them right away. Watch my video above.
It’s a myth that women with PCOS should not eat fruit. NO, the fruit does not have too much sugar in it and no, the fruit is not the same as eating sugar cubes. Fruit provides important nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that can actually lower insulin levels.
A big mistake I see women with PCOS make though is eating too much fruit at once. For example, when they make a smoothie which includes several pieces or cups of fruit OR, maybe they think fruit is healthy, so the more the better at breakfast or snack time.
This can be problematic as the fruit is a carbohydrate food source. Like other carbs, it is best to be spread out evenly throughout the day, such as one piece of fruit in a smoothie or with a snack, instead of all at once which will spike insulin and glucose levels.
So, this is one of my breakfast idea that are PCOS friendly and will stand you in good during your busy day. Also, switching my meal pattern has helped me shed all those PCOS weights too!
If you need some more ideas on other recipes, I have well over a hundred recipes that I use for the weekly meal plans. What is your favorite PCOS friendly breakfast? I’d love to hear from you!