We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
I agree, not because of the nutritional impact is has, but because I’ve found that when the first think I eat is healthy, the rest of the day meals are healthy as well.
Here’s 5 of my favorite healthy choices for breakfast to get your day started on the right foot.
Healthy Breakfast Tips
#1 Fruit and Nuts
This is my favorite breakfast and one I turn to over and over when I am trying to lean out. I don’t so much eat breakfast, but rather graze here and there when I feel a bit hungry throughout the entire morning. Apples are my staple and I’ll eat as many as three before noon. Bananas, pears, and melon also find their way into my morning meal time.
For nuts, I almost always stick to almonds and walnuts because they are easy to find raw and transport well. Try eating only fruit and nuts before noon for a week and see how you feel.
If I work out at my house before I leave for the workday, I’ll often have a smoothie after training. No crazy magic powders or potions here, just 4 ounces of milk/water/juice plus berries and a banana. That’s it.
Here’s a few that work really well…
– Strawberry/banana – 8 frozen strawberries, 1 banana – splash of either oj/water/milk
– Blueberry/banana/pineapple – Add frozen pineapple and blueberries and 1 banana – then put in a splash of oj/water/milk
As a side note, stay away from smoothies at most “smoothie shops“. They’re usually loaded with sugar and premade mixes. Making them at home is easy, cheaper and healthier. If you buy frozen fruit, you’ll have the ingredients to make a smoothie anytime you want.
#3 Eggs and Veggies
If you have the time for cooking and clean up in the morning, scrambled eggs with assorted vegetables are a great way to start the day. Heat some olive oil (or butter) in a pan and then add onion, peppers, spinach, and other vegetables that you like. Saute them for a bit and then add beaten eggs – yolks and all – to the mixture and scramble until done. Eggs-excellent! (I know cheesy, but I couldn’t resist.)
#4 Left-Over Omelette
As eggs are a breakfast staple, let’s give another option for your morning meal. Left over stir fry that you had for dinner the night before makes a great omelette filler. Chicken and broccoli wrapped up in a 3 egg omelette
It’s what’s for breakfast. If you free your mind from convention and don’t feel locked into the standard breakfast stuff – you know eggs, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. – anything you can eat for dinner, you can also eat for breakfast. Spinach salad with grilled chicken? Sirloin with asparagus and sliced almonds? Why not? When you look at food as fuel and nothing more, the options for breakfast shoot wide open.
Those are some of my favorites…..What are some of your favorite breakfast meals? Let me know in the comments below.