Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, your morning time can set you up for the entire day. Since a healthy breakfast translates into stable blood sugar levels, which increases brain function, it is best to not skip your first meal of the day. Here are a few pointers on how to make your breakfast work for you.
- Add some fruit to your breakfast! Grapefruit is in season so it is super tasty right now and less expensive than usual. Smoothies are a great option too. Your favorite fruit might not be in season, but you can always buy frozen berries or peaches to throw into your blender for a smoothie. I like to add wheat germ and fish oil to mine (really you cannot taste the fish oil).
- You might be more addicted to The Today Show than your morning cup of joe, but let me remind you that eating if front of the TV can lead to mindless eating, which generally means eating more. Morning time is not exempt from this dilemma. Turn off the tube and focus on your food.
- These simple changes make a huge difference in calorie and fat intake, so pay attention if you are trying to lose or maintain your current weight.
- Choose non-fat milk instead of whole milk, and skip the half and half in your coffee while you are at it too. Use low fat or non fat milk in your java. Try warming the milk and making yourself an au lait!
- Always go with whole wheat or whole grain breads and pastries. I love whole wheat toaster waffles (I am torn between Kashi Go Lean and Van's) with yogurt and fruit!
- Don't smother that whole wheat toast with butter, which is loaded with saturated fat. Spray it with olive oil cooking spray or go straight for your sugar-free all-fruit jam.
- Eat some Canadian bacon. It is tasty and much leaner that regular bacon, plus it is an easy source of protein.
- Don't like eggs? Try some broiled salmon in the morning since protein keeps you full.
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Hope these tips help you have a Grrrrreeeeaat Day! (Did I mention to steer clear of sugary cereals?)