Healthy Is Easy – Start With Breakfast – Many people mistakenly believe that skipping breakfast can help them lose weight. Others skip breakfast because they don’t feel that it’s worth the time or effort. Both groups fail to realize that a healthy breakfast can be an important beginning to their healthy day. Skip the coffee and sugar donuts, and take time to prepare a nutritious breakfast and reap the benefits:

  • Improved Concentration – A healthy breakfast improves performance and concentration through the day.
  • Replaces Nutrients – A healthy breakfast replaces vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have been used throughout the night.
  • Boosts Metabolism – A healthy breakfast can also help boost your metabolism, actually increasing the number of calories you burn throughout the day.
  • Reduces Cravings – Your healthy breakfast can help you feel full and prevent snacking and cravings until you have a healthy lunch.
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar – A healthy breakfast of protein, carbs and Omega-3 fatty acids prevent extended periods of very low blood sugar followed by very high blood sugar when you reach for that donut or candy bar. By preventing huge blood sugar swings, you also prevent huge insulin swings.

Here are five healthy breakfast tips to get you started:

  1. Plan Ahead – Have options available for those mornings that you don’t have time to prepare breakfast. Bananas, instant oatmeal and berries, toaster waffles with peanut butter or a fruit and protein smoothie can all provide a quick healthy meal.
  1. Include All Three Macronutrients – Breakfast should include complex carbs like fruit, vegetables and whole grains, a small amount of fat from butter, olive oil or avocado, and a moderate amount of protein. Protein from eggs or lean meats will help you feel full and protein requires more calories to digest, boosting your metabolism. Including all three macronutrients will also provide the widest range of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  1. Eat At Home – The breakfast you prepare at home is much more healthy and natural than anything you can “pick up” on your way to work. While fast food restaurants claim to have healthy options, they are much higher in sodium, added sugars and empty calories. Allow yourself about 15-20 minutes to prepare and eat your home cooked healthy breakfast.
  1. Choose The Right Cereals – If you like cereal, it can be a healthy breakfast if you make the right choices. Avoid any of the brightly colored “children’s” cereals as they are covered in sugar, artificial colors and sprayed on “fortified” vitamins. Choose natural whole grain cereals, high in fiber and low in sugar. Steel cut oats are another healthy choice and can be “spiced” up with cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, raisins, berries or fruit.
  1. Choose The Right Drinks – If you drink milk, choose the low fat options, it provides the benefits of milk without the milk fat or calories. If you drink coffee, learn to live black (5 calorie) coffee instead of the 300-500 calorie frappuccino you pick up on your way to work. Do you really need whipped cream, caramel or sprinkles on top of your coffee? If you can, add juice to your breakfast, but choose fresh squeezed or natural juices that aren’t more sugar than juice. When in doubt, water should always be your go-to drink.

Following these healthy breakfast tips and the possibilities for a great tasting, filling and nutritious breakfast are unlimited!

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