If you want to lose weight, or you just want to get healthy, then breakfast should be number one on your list. Even if you're exercising every day, you could be sabotaging your plans by skipping breakfast! And, if you do eat breakfast every day, you may be choosing the wrong foods. Here are 5 healthy breakfast tips to make that first meal of the day a healthy one.
1) Never Skip Breakfast: As rule goes this is my personal number one on the list of healthy breakfast tips for a very good reason! In the past I used to believe that I was shaving calories off my day by missing breakfast, but I usually ended up snacking on unhealthy foods by mid-morning. Preparing a healthy breakfast will kickstart your metabolism, making your body work harder to burn off calories from the meals you'll eat throughout the rest of the day.
2) Avoid Sugar: Many of us wrongly assume that popular supermarkets breakfast cereals are healthy. This is far from the truth: many of them are overloaded with sugar. This can lead to weight gain and energy spikes that will leave you feeling sleepy by lunch time.
3) Don't Drink Too Much Juice: Although fruit juice is good for you, this doesn't mean that it's free from calories. The sugar in supermarket fruit juice can cause an energy spike, if you must indulge, stick to a small glass and drink water to hydrate you for the day. Drinking more water has the added benefit of helping you to feel fuller and avoid snacking. Alternatively invest in a juicer or blender and make your own fresh juice packed full of vitamins and minerals. Try blending or juicing fruits such as apples, pineapple, watermelon, mangoes, banana, oranges, cucumbers, lemon or lime. You could add vegetables such as celery, spinach or kale and ginger, the variety are endless.
Alternatively if you simply cannot imagine starting your day without a glass of orange juice substitute your supermarket bought juice for freshly squeezed orange juice and add a dash of lemon or lime to add an extra zing.
4) Start As You Mean To Go On: Think of breakfast as a kick-start for your day, and start with healthy foods that'll give your body the energy you need. This means avoiding fast food and fried breakfasts that'll leave you feeling sluggish at work.
5) Include A Few Superfoods: Superfoods are ingredients known to greatly decrease your risk of developing a range of diseases. Thankfully, many of these are perfect for breakfast. Here are a few top ingredients to get you going: oats, herbal teas, yoghurt (low fat), berries fresh or frozen, nuts such as almond and brazil, and seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and chia. Even if you only have a handful of these ingredients, it's a good way to make sure you get something healthy into every day.
If you frequently find yourself rushing around in the mornings, remember to plan ahead. If necessary, prepare your breakfast and or juice the night before to make it as easy as possible for you.