Life Area: Physical
Topic: Breakfast Nutrition
The Best Foods To Have For Breakfast
As many of you know, I start my day off with a green drink and a protein drink. My green drink is a blend of spinach, power greens, cucumbers, kale, celery, apples, pears, kiwis, lemons, and wheatgrass powder, which I juice every Saturday. I practice intermittent fasting so I try to eat only during the hours of 12pm-8pm so my green drink and protein drink are not only my early morning pick me up but they’re my only source of nutrients until noon. So, the next time you’re tempted to rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day and even a small morning meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.
Here’s a look at some of Health.com‘s favorite breakfast foods, along with some tips for making them even healthier:
You may have noticed a heart-shaped seal on your box of oatmeal recently. The seal’s there because oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Need another reason to dig in? Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium.
This tangy, creamy yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of protein—nearly twice as much as regular yogurt—to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavor (and a dose of added nutrition).
“Studies suggest that eating blueberries regularly can help improve everything from memory and motor skills to blood pressure and metabolism.”
Trying to lose weight? According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit’s fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Grapefruit is also hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants. For a well-rounded breakfast, pair it with protein—such as yogurt or an egg. But check with your doctor first if you take any medications, as grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with some prescription drugs.
Berry Blend: Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries
Fresh or frozen, blueberries are a super-fruit packing a big antioxidant punch. Studies suggest that eating blueberries regularly can help improve everything from memory and motor skills to blood pressure and metabolism. One cup of strawberries contains your full recommended daily intake of vitamin C, along with high quantities of folic acid and fiber. Raspberries are the main berry source of ellagitannins, a type of antioxidant that is thought to have cancer-fighting properties. They’re also high in fiber (8 grams per cup), vitamin C, and vitamin K, which helps build strong bones.
Any fruit is a good addition to your breakfast, and cantaloupe is no exception. A six-ounce serving (roughly a quarter-melon) contains just 50 calories and a full 100% of your recommended daily intake of both vitamin C and vitamin A, an important nutrient for smooth, younger-looking skin. And, like most melons, cantaloupe has a high water concentration, which means it will help you stay hydrated and keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
Carbohydrates are a breakfast mainstay, but the type of carbs you choose can make a big difference in the overall health of your meal. The simple rule to remember is that whole wheat and other whole grains—whether they’re found in bread, toast, or English muffins—contain more fiber and nutrients than their white, refined counterparts. What you put on it matters, as well. Slathering your toast with butter or jelly just adds empty fat and calories, instead, get some protein by adding an egg or some almond butter.
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