They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? Let’s start with why it’s called “breakfast” in the first place. It combines the words “break” and “fast” because this first meal is literally breaking the fasting you’ve been doing overnight as you slept when your body received no food or fuel! It kick starts your metabolism and takes your body out of starvation mode (which is a mode that encourages your body to store fat, by the way). Research has also shown that when you eat a healthy breakfast, you not only eat less and have more energy during the day, but it also helps you focus and think better. So stop skipping breakfast… please 😉 Here are my best healthy breakfast tips!
1) Start Your Day with a Glass of Water
Ok, so this isn’t exactly about breakfast as it is about starting day off right before breakfast. It’s simple – drink a full glass of water before breakfast, preferably within 15 minutes of waking up. If you’re taking Skinny Fiber to help your weigh loss efforts, you can take your first dose at this time too! Water is essential to your body functioning at it’s peak potential and since you’ve gone all night without food and water, it’s time to re-hydrate too! Drinking more water also helps you to feel fuller and avoid snacking, so be sure to kick up your water consumption throughout the day as well.
2) Always Eat Breakfast
Too many people skip breakfast thinking it lowers their overall calorie consumption for the day, hopefully leading to weight loss. What it actually does is increase your chances of snacking and overeating! It also keeps your body in starvation mode longer than it should be, so the next time you do eat your body is more inclined to store more fat because it doesn’t wants to ensure it has enough fuel to keep your vital functions going the next time you decide to starve it. Don’t skip breakfast, just make healthy choices.
3) Keep it Healthy & Set the Tone for Your Day
There are so many different options for breakfast, but not all of them are healthy. The best thing to do is start with healthy food so you can set the tone for the healthy eating the rest of your day. Some options include eggs, toast with peanut butter, turkey bacon, fruit, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, and more. Just stay away from most fast food options and greasy, fried, sugary foods (like donuts, sugary cereals, excess amounts of sausage or bacon, etc.), which will only leave you feel sluggish, foggy, and full of cravings later.
4) Cut Out the Sugar & Juice
Too many breakfast cereals are loaded with sugar and donuts and many muffins are simply empty calories (i.e. high in calories and sugar, low nutrients). Sugar is one of the first things you want to watch when you’re trying to lose weight, because your body will burn it off before it burns fat or begins to convert carbs to energy. Not to mention too much sugar generally provides a quick energy boost with a dreaded crash of sleepy sluggishness later that day. Fruit juice, while it can be good for you are times, also tends to be high in sugar as well. If you like your morning Orange Juice, just beware of drinking too much and ensure you keep up with drinking more water throughout the day.
5) Always Include Some Protein
Your body needs protein to rebuild your muscles and since muscle burns fat, you definitely want eat some lean protein at every meal, especially if you’re working out and trying to lose weight. Protein also helps you stay full longer, so starting your day off with a lean protein like eggs, egg whites, turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese is ideal.
6) Don’t Forget Your Superfoods
Superfoods are those that are known to lower your risk of developing diseases, like cancer. The great thing is that many superfoods are great breakfast food options. These foods include oats, lowfat yogurt, nuts, berries, tea, and seeds. If you can just add a handful of these to your breakfast each day, you’ll do great. Or you could be a little crazy like me and combine as many superfoods as possible to create a breakfast like this: a bowl of oatmeal with chopped strawberries, a sprinkle of chia seeds, and a cup of green tea on the side! Yum 🙂
Hopefully these breakfast tips were helpful to you. Remember, if you plan ahead and keep healthy breakfast options available to you then your day can always start off right. You can even prepare some breakfast options he night before (such as oatmeal and egg muffins) if you always run short on time. Here are some other healthy breakfast tips and choices you can check out: