Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so its important to do it right. Time restraints in the morning have made breakfast the most skipped meal of the day. But with just a little extra planning you can make breakfast your most looked forward to meal of the day. Using the right ingredients will also help you get through the day without feeling exhausted, mentally drained, and ready to give up by the afternoon. Follow these eight simple rules and you’ll have the breakfast of a superstar.
Balance Your Meal
The best breakfast includes a good balance of healthy carbohydrates, a good pack of protein, and plenty of fiber. A plate set up with these three ingredients will help you stay satisfied and full of energy through to lunch. A good example of a balanced breakfast is an omelet with one egg, chopped spinach and tomatoes, and a slice of whole wheat bread.
Any Kind of Oatmeal
Oatmeal comes in plenty of different varieties. Steel cut, instant and rolled oats all contain heart healthy fiber, folate, potassium, and healthy fats. One word of caution; skip the instant packs that are flavored as this flavoring is mostly sugar and won’t help make your breakfast healthy.
Half a Grapefruit First
Eating half a grapefruit before you eat a balanced breakfast will help you burn fat and keep your insulin levels low. Grapefruit also contains fiber, antioxidants, and water to help you stay full and boost your immunity.
Eggs Done Right
With plenty of protein and vitamin D, eggs are probably the most popular breakfast food but in order for you to get the most benefits from them, you have to cook them right. Eat them poached, boiled, or scrambled. Avoid frying them unless you have a non stick pan that requires very little to no oil.
Add Berries to Anything
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are a versatile breakfast food that you can stir into, top with, or slice onto any other breakfast food. You can add it to whole wheat pancakes, Greek yogurt, cereal, toast with peanut butter, and oatmeal. You can even make a triple berry smoothie for a delicious portable breakfast. Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, and a good source of cancer fighting antioxidants.
Coffee Good, Creamer Bad
Having your daily cup of coffee has finally been proven to be good for you even though in the past it was frowned upon. The trick is to drink it in moderation and leave out all the added sugar and fatty creamer.
Vitamin C and Fiber
Foods like kiwis, cantaloupe, oranges, and cranberries will help you stay healthy and ward off catching anything at the office. Being fiber rich, they’ll also help stop cravings until lunch time.
Be Super Picky About Cereal
The cereal aisle seems to never end. There are so many different varieties out there and most don’t make the cut when it comes to a healthy start to the day. You can find some healthy cereals but you must be very picky and read the labels carefully. Look for low sugar content, high fiber content, and fortified cereals with vitamins, folic acid, and ribloflavin. Cereals should also be made with whole grains and eaten with skimmed or 1% milk.