We’ve all been there. For a lot of us, mornings are a time in which we press snooze till the ten minutes before we go into work, finally wake up in a panic, throw whatever clothes are in our immediate vicinity on frantically, and run out the door. Breakfast you say? What’s that? . . . Oh yeah! I remember breakfast, it’s that thing everyone who knows what they’re talking about says is super important to your health. . . oops.
I think we’ve all been there at one point or another, but the fact is skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do for your health.
It not only slows down your metabolism, but it can also darken your mood and make it easier to binge on unhealthy snacks later in the day, causing weight gain. In contrast, eating a healthy breakfast normally boosts your resting metabolism by up to 10%.
The problem is this. Most people are too busy in the morning to consider and take time to cook a healthy breakfast. But you would be surprises how simple it is to have a healthy (and tasty!) breakfast regimen. Composition of a good breakfast: 25% protein 25% carbs and 50% fruit or veggies
But don’t worry! ( I know you were worried) I have the solution with these super healthy, and easy breakfast options.
A slice of whole wheat toast with peanut or almond butter. Top it with slices of banana.
Cut up an apple and spritz the slices with a citrus juice of your choice to keep them from turning brown in the fridge. Also boil and peel eggs the night before and portion them out in baggies. This way you can have a high protein grab and go breakfast at your fingertips with a little sweet stuff thrown in.
Quick oats with dried fruit and banana. As something a little different, add a serving of your favorite protein powder. It will mix right in and add flavor and sweetness without all the sugar. Add a tiny bit of agave nectar if it’s still not sweet enough for you
You can also try making your oatmeal savory! Season your oats with salt and pepper and top it with an egg.
Avocados are my absolute favorite breakfast food. If you want to try something fancy, slice up an avocado and spread it on whole wheat toast. Top with tomato slices if you want to know what heaven tastes like.
If you can’t get enough of that green stuff, halve an avocado and carve about a third of the meat out. Crack a small egg into it and bake at 425 for about 15 minutes. Season it with garlic powder and cayenne for a little kick start to your morning
Breakfast smoothies are a great way to get nutrients on the go. Toss a banana in the blender for to add some good carbs to charge your day. Add about 3/4rths of a cup of low-fat milk to that and pick your protein. You can do a cup of vanilla yogurt, a couple tablespoons of natural peanut butter, or just add a scoop of protien powder. For an added nutritional boost, throw some spinach in there!. . . Ok just chill out there because you can’t even taste it in the smoothie. It’s also chock full of vitamins and minerals essential to good nutrition.
In a moment of desperation, the ever faithful granola bar can save your morning. Be warned though, just because it’s a granola bar doesn’t mean it's healthy! Look for something with at least 6 grams of protein and with as low a sugar and fat count as possible. Oh, what’s my favorite you ask? Kashi Chewy Granola Bars Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt with Chia. It’s delicious, nutritious, and best of all it’s chocolate for breakfast.
Bonus: To really amp up your breakfast game, add some ground flax to any recipe. Flaxseeds are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and omega-3. Flax is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world, cultivated in ancient Egypt, so believe it when I say it has tried and true health benefits.
In closing I’d like to comment on a few common breakfast mistakes.
Breakfast Beer: Not a thing, or it shouldn’t be anyway.
Captain Crunch: Has no nutritional value ( I know I’m disappointed too)
Cold pizza, the breakfast of champions: More like the breakfast of guys with dad bods that don’t even have kids.
Mini-muffins: Are still fattening despite being so small and cute.
Just stick to the healthy recipes I listed above and you’ll be in good shape. Happy eating!