Eat a Better Breakfast for Better Results
Conventional wisdom states that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While all three meals are important, what are the true benefits of eating a healthy breakfast? Studies have shown that those who skip breakfast tend to eat larger, more calorie laden lunches, have lower energy levels throughout the day, have lower levels of physical activity, especially in the morning. All of these conditions can make it difficult to lose weight. If what you eat for breakfast matters this much, what are your best choices?
Better Breakfasts = Better Results
Traditional breakfasts of biscuits and gravy, eggs, processed meats, pancakes, and hashbrowns may be delicious, but they are more in line with the dietary needs of our agrarian past. Laden with calories and fats, these traditional breakfast foods can do more harm than good. Even "healthy" breakfast cereals are high in sugar despite their nutritional claims. For a healthy well-rounded breakfast, try these suggestions:
- Plain Greek yogurt with customized add-ins. Greek yogurt packs a powerful protein punch which can keep you satisfied all morning long. Add a little honey for a sweet touch, fresh fruits, raw pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cashews, and/or almonds for a custom breakfast that will satisfy all of your morning cravings.
- Green smoothie. A hearty green smoothie can help boost your morning energy, provide mental clarity, and aid in your weight loss efforts. Combine healthy, fresh greens like kale, collard, or spinach with tangy fruits like pineapple, banana, and apple to create a tasty breakfast treat.
- Steel-cut oats with customized add-ins. Cook a batch of steel-cut oats early in the week and you'll have a ready-made breakfast all week long. Just reheat an appropriate serving size and add fruits, nuts, and seeds to create a custom breakfast packed with whole grains.
Time can be short some hectic mornings, but the time it takes to eat a healthy breakfast will pay dividends all day long.
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