Breakfast may truly be the most important meal of the day.
The food we eat is fuel for our bodies and minds, and a healthy breakfast can give you a great boost to start your day off right.
Not only that, but studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast have less chronic health issues, increased longevity, and tend to weigh less than those who don’t. Skipping breakfast also causes tiredness, irritability, a shorter attention span, longer reaction time, and decreased productivity.
Here are some healthy, simple, and delicious breakfast ideas…
It really doesn’t get much easier than this; have a bowl of cereal with low fat milk or soymilk. The key is to be sure that you choose a healthy cereal that you actually enjoy eating. Ideally look for one that is low in sugar and high in fiber. You can also increase the health factor by adding in sliced banana, strawberries, or a handful of blueberries.
This is easy because hard-boiled eggs can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. One egg has only 70 calories, but is packed with protein and vitamin D. Enjoy it sliced on whole-grain toast and have a piece of fruit on the side.
Oatmeal is another healthy option that can be made ahead of time and eaten over the course of the week. Try making up a batch and adding some cinnamon to make it naturally sweet. It is also delicious mixed with a small handful of chopped walnuts and some raisins.
Greek yogurt and fresh fruit
Greek yogurt is thick, rich, and full of protein. Choose a low fat or nonfat plain yogurt and mix in your favorite fruit. If you need it sweeter, try using stevia (calorie-free) or a little bit of honey. You can add a sprinkle of granola if you need the crunch, but use it sparingly (it can be very high in fat and calories).
Quinoa is great when you are looking for an alternative to oatmeal. It is very high in protein and packed with nutrients. Cook up a batch at the beginning of the week and try mixing in fresh or dried fruit. It is also delicious with just a spoonful of pure maple syrup mixed in.