Jumpstart your day and your metabolism with breakfast!

 

Why? Because eating a healthy breakfast helps you:
 

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Skipping a meal initially may seem like a great idea. Less food, less pounds right? Well, when you skip breakfast your metabolism slows down causing you to put on those extra pounds. By starting your day with breakfast you are essentially “breaking the fast” after a goodnight’s sleep.

     

  • Improves your concentration. Eating breakfast gets not only gets your body going, it also increases your alertness and ability to concentrate throughout the day. I always find that on the rare days I don’t eat breakfast, I feel physically and mentally sluggish.

     

  • Meet your daily nutrition requirements. You can get a head start on meeting your daily serving of fruit and vegetables with breakfast alone. I love my NutriBullet and often start my day with a veggie and fruit blend as a supplement to my breakfast of either oatmeal or wheat toast. Some of my favorite blends include a healthy serving of spinach, apples, bananas, kale, banana, carrots, oranges , berries and pineapples.

     

  • Boosts your metabolism. By starting your day with breakfast , you help maintain your metabolism at a healthy rate, making it easier to burn calories throughout the day.

     

  • Prevents you from overeating later in the day. Eating breakfast helps you keep cravings at bay and stops what I like to call the “rush and stuff”. The “rush and stuff” is when you are so hungry that you rush to eat whatever you can find and keep stuffing your face with it. The food choices we make when we “rush and stuff” are often one’s that we regret later. I know I’m personally guilty of demolishing half of a tray of leftover cookies in the office lunchroom on days I skip out of breakfast

     

 

Here are 5 quick and easy breakfast idea to get you motivated in the morning when you’re on the go:

  1. Whole Grain Toaster Waffles, topped with non-fat Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, +/ drizzled with agave and sprinkled with flax seeds

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    Image source: www.lowellmabreakfast.com

  2. Oatmeal (steel-cut or instant) mixed with nuts, dried fruit, and topped with a banana and low-fat milk / Soymilk / Almond milk

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    Image source: www.yourstudentbody.com

  3. Whole wheat pita pocket filled with scrambled eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and low-fat cheese of your choice

     

  4. Whole wheat English muffin peanut or almond butter and banana slices

     

  5. Low fat Greek yogurt, topped with granola and fruit

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    Image source: www.fitness.appstate.edu