Avocado & Egg Whites: A Guide to Eating A Healthy Breakfast
How many times have you heard the words, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Probably too many times to count. But how many times have you let this phrase influence your breakfast eating habits?Unfortunately, too many people underestimate the power of starting the day right with a healthy meal. Whether it’s due to the lack of time, energy, cooking abilities, or cares, our society’s breakfasts are dominated by far too many sugary cereals and absent morning appetites. Thankfully, breakfast doesn’t have to be this way. Here is a guide to walk you through the do's and don’ts of your morning meal:
This may seem like the hardest part of eating a healthy breakfast, but minimizing your carb intake in the morning will do wonders for the rest of your day. Plus, lowering your carb count can be as easy as eating a breakfast sandwich with only one slice of bread. Or, at the very least, try to avoid eating the sugary pastries or donuts for breakfast. You’ll thank yourself later; trading carbs for proteins and healthy fats will give you the energy to last the day.
Embrace the Fruits and Veggies
Why not take advantage of this meal and get part of the veggie and fruit servings you need for the day? You can easily incorporate vegetables and fruit in your breakfast, particularly if you are willing to prepare ahead of time. For vegetables, try adding spinach to your breakfast sandwich or making an omelet with peppers, spinach, and tomatoes. For fruit, yogurt parfaits with strawberries and blueberries or smoothies (you can add spinach here too!) are both great options.
Cut Unnecessary Calories
Do you drink your coffee black or with half a cup of cream and three packets of sugar? Far too many breakfast foods (and beverages) pack in unnecessary calories. You can easily cut these calories by making some smart decisions about what you need versus what you want. For example, do you need to have two full tablespoons of cream cheese on your bagel, or is half a tablespoon sufficient? Maybe you can get away with half as much bacon with your breakfast, or one less teaspoon of sugar in your coffee. Whatever it is, taking baby steps towards healthier eating will help your body to adjust to new practices. Soon, you will probably even prefer the taste of these new, healthier foods to your prior calorie-packed breakfasts!
Make the Time-or Prep Ahead
Perhaps the greatest reason a person gives for skipping breakfast is the time constraint. Mornings are hard, and giving up precious sleep for food just sometimes isn’t worth the price. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just skip breakfast altogether. The best solution to eating healthy and still having time in the morning to sleep is preparing your food the night before. There are many recipes online for pre-morning breakfast options, like overnight oatmeal or healthy granola bites. Whether you want to make breakfast the night before or the morning of, take the time to do it! Having something is always better than having no breakfast at all, because it jumpstarts your metabolism and gets you ready for the day.
Always remember that the internet is full of fun new breakfasting ideas! Even if it takes time learning a new recipe now, eventually it will save you time and provide you with a healthy option for your morning. Never be afraid of trying new things for your morning breakfast routine--because if you’re excited about fun and healthy options, then you’ll make it a part of your schedule. Plus, healthy food can taste amazing and make you feel great, so investing in creative options will make your taste buds happy and healthy!