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Healthy Breakfast

Enjoy A Healthy Breakfast

With our hectic and busy schedules, it’s easy to see how breakfast can be overlooked. But the truth is, it shouldn’t be. What you eat (or don’t eat) in the morning affects your entire day. Choosing the right breakfast foods can improve your health and energy levels for the day. Be sure to start your day the right way with these healthy breakfast tips.

Avoid Refined Sugars
Starting your day with too much sugar will have you crashing before lunch and craving more sweets throughout the day. If you like to start your day with something sweet, opt for nature’s candy, also known as fruits. Add bananas to whole grain cereal or top your waffles with strawberries or blueberries.

Balance
Keep your breakfast balanced. Try to create a well-rounded breakfast with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a bit of dairy. For example, pair your oatmeal with fruits, or top your toast with tasty greens.

Fiber
What’s not to love about fiber? It helps to lower cholesterol, promotes healthy digestion, and makes you feel fuller longer. To start your day with a bit of fiber, try avocado toast, blackberries, bran flakes, or whole-grain oatmeal.

Whole Grains
Speaking of whole-grains, when it comes to carbs, always choose a whole-grain version. Refined flours found in white breads have little nutritional value. Whether it’s a bagel, waffle, or simply toast, go with whole-grain varieties to ensure you are getting more nutrients and vitamins.

Protein
Protein also helps to keep you fuller longer so that you avoid overeating later in the day. And if you’re a person who fancies a morning workout, protein refuels your body’s natural energy. Good protein sources include nuts, seeds, peanut butter and eggs. If you’re craving Canadian bacon or sausage, go for lean and low fat versions.

Hydrate
While many of us cannot function in the morning without our beloved coffee, having more than one cup a day may be dehydrating you. Start your day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up to maintain healthy skin and energy levels throughout the day. And be sure to drink more water as you go about your day.

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Healthy Breakfast Essentials

Start your day off right with a healthy and hearty breakfast! The best breakfast will be satisfying and nutrient-rich to fuel your morning and keep you satiated until lunchtime. Be sure your morning meal contains these breakfast essentials.

Protein

This is what keeps you full longer, helps your brain function better and helps to stabilize your blood sugar. Protein is the most important part of breakfast when it comes to fueling your body for the day.

Sources:

  • Eggs – 6 grams per egg
  • Greek Yogurt – 15 grams per ½ cup plain yogurt
  • Milk/Almond Milk – 8 grams per 8 ounces
  • Peanut Butter – 8 grams per 2 tablespoons
  • Oatmeal – 6 grams per ½ cup oats

Whole Grains

Fiber keeps your digestive system working properly, keeps you full, and balances blood sugar. Luckily, whole grains are a great source of fiber. When you pair fiber with protein and healthy fats, your body works to break down whole grains slowly and efficiently.

Sources:

  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Whole Wheat Toast
  • Whole Grain Muffins
  • Pancakes/Waffles made with Oats or Whole Wheat Flour
  • Granola

Healthy Fats

Again, healthy fats help to keep you full, and help the condition of your skin, hair, brain function.

Sources:

  • Nuts/Nut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Flax Seed
  • Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Regular

Fruits/Veggies

Including at least one serving of fruits and vegetables in your breakfast is an easy way to help you reach the recommended daily intake.

Ways To Add Fruits & Veggies To Breakfast:

  • Smoothies – you can mix both fruits and vegetables for a refreshing drink
  • Oatmeal – top with bananas or apples, or add carrots and raisins to create a Carrot Cake-like oatmeal
  • Hash – try a sweet potato has for a hearty breakfast
  • Frittata – use up leftover roasted vegetables for a veggie-filled dish
  • Sandwiches – load up with different veggies and eggs
  • Pancakes – top whole wheat pancakes with your favorite fruits

Prep The Night Before

By preparing your breakfast food the night before gives you one less thing you need to worry about in the morning. And if time is the main reason you skip breakfast in the morning, now you have no excuse.

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Choosing Healthy Options For Breakfast

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can help sustain your energy throughout the day. If you are headed to a local restaurant or diner, choosing a healthy breakfast may seem like a bit of a challenge. Beyond the tempting pancakes and waffles, you can find a healthy breakfast on the restaurant menu. Here are some smart breakfast options.

  • Eggs

Get a healthy dose of protein when you opt for eggs. You can choose boiled eggs, or try poached eggs, and season them with salt, pepper, or a dash of hot sauce. If you are concerned about cholesterol, try an egg white omelet and ask them to go light on the butter or use cooking spray.

  • Fruit

Most restaurants offer fresh fruit. You can order it as a side or have a fruit salad as a main dish. You may even be able to have it served with yogurt, just ask.

  • Bread

Skip the white bread and opt for whole wheat bread. Ask for butter and jam on the side and be mindful of your portions.

  • Beverages

It’s always smart to hydrate with water. If you can, swap your coffee for herbal tea (try earl grey tea with lemon). If you need your coffee, drink it black or try skim milk, and avoid sugars and artificial sweeteners.

  • Dairy Products

While these are excellent sources of calcium, they can also be loaded with fat. When choosing dairy products, try skim milk and instead of butter, swap in low-fat or nonfat yogurt.

Remember to choose breakfast foods that will energize you rather than weigh you down. A lean protein is key, along with color, in the form of fruits or vegetables.

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