Better Get Your Breakfast
“Breakfast is important,” your mother tells you. “Breakfast is important,” says your coworker. “Breakfast is important,” says everyone everywhere always. So what’s the big deal?
For starters, that first meal of the day kick-starts your metabolism - helping burn more calories throughout the entire day. It gives you energy, and keeps food from turning into fat. It ramps up your nutrient intake too – so you get more fiber, more vitamins, and more minerals. Breakfast also prevents binge eating, improves memory and concentration, and helps maintain a healthy weight. Have we talked you into it yet?
Oh, you’re wondering how to do breakfast when there are kids to get out the door, cross-town traffic, and the snooze button working against you?
Start by stocking up. Grab some portable breakfast items from the grocery store. Fruit, low-fat yogurt, granola bars…stuff like that. This way, you’ll get something good in your system every morning, no matter how rushed you are.
Plan your breakfast by picking two or three foods: some whole grain bread or granola, milk or another dairy product, and a fruit or vegetable. Protein is optional, but encouraged. Think peanut butter, Greek yogurt or eggs.
Speaking of eggs - try waking up just 15 minutes earlier to make an omelet. Pack it with whatever you like and enjoy. It’s even quicker if you pre-slice the veggies – then, later on in the day you can use them for salads or to dip in hummus.
Last, but certainly not least, are breakfast beverages. There are so many great smoothies and juices you can make to start your day right. Nothing is wrong with sticking to fruit and vegetable recipes, but don’t be afraid to experiment either. Spinach, protein powder, and flaxseed make for awesome additions to your smoothies and juices.
If you’re still skeptical about how early morning meals will work for you, do an experiment. Resolve to eat a better-for-you breakfast every day this week, and see what happens. If you’re looking for more delicious breakfast ideas, check out yumPower.