Starting your day with breakfast, even something small, can make a big difference. What we eat in the morning is what kick starts our metabolism and fuels us for the day. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, breakfast often gets forgotten. Start making breakfast part of your daily schedule by adopting these healthy breakfast habits.
- Don’t skip breakfast.
As mentioned, starting your morning with breakfast will boost metabolism.
- Eat within an hour after you get up.
Eating breakfast also helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable during the day.
- Make it simple.
If you usually skip breakfast, you may think you don’t have time or you feel like you’re not hungry. Luckily, a little can go a long way in the morning. Keep it simple, like yogurt or oatmeal topped with fruits, nuts and seeds.
- Start with water.
A glass or two of room temperature water or warmer on an empty stomach is a good start for your digestive system. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can add flavor along with vitamin C.
- Choose healthy foods.
The last thing you want to do is start your day with foods that will weigh you down. Keep it light and healthful with whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Keep the saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars to a minimum. Try incorporating things like whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals, plain yogurt, fruits, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Plan ahead.
Most breakfast foods can be prepared the night before, so planning ahead can save you some time in the morning. For example, you can chop fruits ahead of time for a fresh fruit salad, or oats can be soaked overnight and topped with your favorite additions in the morning.
- Pick protein.
Protein takes time to digest, and thus, helps to stave off the craving for a mid-morning snack. To further sustain you throughout the day, pair lean protein with fiber. Good protein sources include eggs, cottage cheese, nuts, lean meat and fish.
- Warm it up.
Be sure to include a warm aspect in your breakfast. If you prefer cold food, try to pair it with a warm drink like tea or coffee. Warm food and liquids help to get your digestive system going.
- Change it up.
It may be easier to eat the same thing every day, however, it helps to change it up. There is no food that has all the nutrients you need in the optimum amounts, so having a variety of breakfast options over the course of a week helps to ensure you’re getting all the good stuff in proper amounts.
- Take your time.
Busy mornings are usually the reason why most of us skip breakfast. If at all possible, take time to sit down, relax, and really enjoy your breakfast. By slowing down, and chewing carefully and mindfully, you may end up eating less food, feeling full faster, and improving your digestion.