You may have heard the phrase, “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” It has long been thought that eating a large, healthy breakfast is an important part of feeling good and having more energy during the day. Here are a few of the healthiest foods to eat for your kingly breakfast.
1) Healthy Protein
Protein that is both low in fat and sugar will give you plenty of energy to start out your day. The Food Network Blog suggests mixing natural peanut butter into oatmeal or spreading it on whole grain toast. By using natural peanut butter you will cut out the extra sugar. Eggs and cottage cheese are also great sources of protein and will fight your hunger all day long.
2) Shakes and Smoothies
If you don’t have much time in the morning, smoothies are great to sip on the go. You can include fruits, like berries and bananas, yogurt or milk, and Real Simple suggests adding protein powder for an extra boost. Throw your favorite ingredients in the blender and you are on your way.
Reader’s Digest recommends adding ground flaxseed to your breakfast. You can sprinkle a few teaspoons of ground flaxseed over just about anything; cereal, yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies, to name a few. The flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent for both brain and heart health.
Choose 100% whole grain bread, bagels, English muffins, or cereal. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and a healthy carbohydrate to get you going. Instead of cream cheese consider using natural peanut butter, or goat cheese as a spread.
5) Eggs and Greens On the Go
This recipe from Fitsugar incorporates healthy eggs and even healthier kale to make a delicious mini gluten free quiche on the go. Starting your day off with greens that are high in folic acid is excellent for your health. You can make these ahead of time and use them throughout your busy week.
Reader’s Digest informs that grapefruit is full of folates, which reduce the risk of stroke. They recommend eating half of a grapefruit twice a week. If you take medications, check with your doctor before including grapefruit in your diet.
Starting your day out right with well chosen foods will help you feel great all day long. A few rules to stick to are:
• Pick protein. Protein in the morning will help you feel great all day
• Skip sugar. Use berries, dried fruit or a small amount of honey to sweeten your breakfast foods.
• Choose whole grains. Whole grains will give you the fiber you need for a healthy day.
To have healthy energy all day be sure to eat breakfast like a king!