Are you eating a healthy breakfast? Are you even eating breakfast at all? When we are on the go, bagels loaded with cream cheese, sugary doughnuts and fatty fast food breakfast sandwiches may seem like a good idea, but they are not going to help you shrink your waistline. However, by eating any kind of food in the morning, you will give your metabolism a boost. The biggest mistake that people make is thinking that if they skip breakfast, they will lose weight faster. Wrong! Eating any kind of food in the morning, you will give your metabolism a boost and end the “starvation mode” cycle that not eating frequently throws our bodies into.
Next time you want to reach for that doughnut at the office, remember this tip for getting the most healthy breakfast: To eat right, have your food fit into the “Rule of 5”.
What Is The Rule of 5?
Make sure that your breakfast foods have 5 grams of protein or more.
Dairy products, Canadian bacon and egg whites all deliver more than 5 grams of protein. Just read the labels and skip the sugar!
Make sure that your breakfast includes at least 5 grams of fiber.
Whole grain cereal, bagels, toast (with no butter) all can deliver this. It will also help you keep the full feeling thus eating less later on.
Here’s a few healthy breakfast ideas that are quick and easy:
Jazz Up Your Cereal
Whole grain, fiber rich cereal is a quick breakfast that has almost zero preparation time. To make it good, add skim or 1% milk. To make it great, add ½ cup of chopped, fresh fruit to the mix. The fiber will keep you feeling full until snack time and the vitamins and minerals the cereal contains will give you a great jump on the day’s supply.
Grab That Bagel (Hold the Cream Cheese, Please)
Not all bagels are a bad idea. For a satisfying, protein rich meal, use peanut butter instead of cream cheese. The peanut butter will supply protein, which will energize your body and again, keep you feeling fuller longer. To make this healthy breakfast idea even better, eat a cup of fruit on the side. Just remember to portion the peanut butter.
This is a simple one. Just a little yogurt, some fruit and granola. It is healthy and tasty all at the same time. It provides nutrients and has a satisfying crunch. You don’t have to use this idea only for breakfast. Yogurt parfaits also make for a quick and easy snack in between meals. However, be mindful of the type of granola that you’re using. Make sure that it is high in fiber and low in sugar.
A Fast Food Breakfast Alternative
Breakfast sandwiches are great if you’re on the go. Have a wheat bagel, 1 oz of turkey, and some reduced fat cheese. Makes a great 300 calorie breakfast. To make this breakfast pack the most nutritional punch, have a few orange wedges on the side.
The key to any healthy lifestyle is making the right choices. Skipping breakfast? Not a good choice for those trying to lose weight! Supercharge your metabolism and keep hunger at bay with these easy healthy breakfast ideas. Just keep all of your meals and snacks within your calorie limit and you should be fine and start dropping pounds before you know it.