Most doctors and fitness experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The old saying goes: ‘Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper’. As cliché as it may seem, it actually is correct. Due to the lack of time many people skip breakfast while others choose quick and convenient options such as sugar loaded cereals that spike your blood sugar and shortly after you experience a sugar crash and feel hungry and tired. But how can avoiding these mistakes really help you improve your health and wellbeing?
Think about it this way – as the name itself indicates, upon waking up you have been fasting for hours since your ate dinner. Your body had the chance to dig into its reserves of nutrients and if you fasted for more than 12 hours, your body even had the chance to potentially dig into the fat stores and generate some extra HGH (human growth hormone) which is greatly beneficial to your body’s reparative processes. So now, it is time for a nutritious breakfast. You don’t want your body to start eating into muscle tissue or get to the point in the day when you are so hungry you reach for high sugar foods and caffeine loaded drinks. It is actually proven that people who tend to skip breakfast are more likely to overeat at lunch or dinner and they go for less healthy options that can provide instant energy (i.e.: sugary soda, energy drinks and sugary foods).
Instead of skipping breakfast, consider loading your body with nutrients with these 5 healthy options.
1.Wholegrain toast with organic peanut or almond butter
If you can make your own peanut butter – great! If not, try to choose organic ones without additives such as sugar or salt. The wholegrain bread will provide you with fiber and slow releasing energy, and peanut butter is full of healthy fat and minerals as well as protein.
2. Oatmeal with fruit and nuts
Oatmeal is a super healthy option. It promotes colon health due to its high fiber content which also curbs hunger and cravings. It is high in carbs and protein. Add some fresh fruit for extra vitamins and flavor and opt for low fat milk or water.
3.Greek yoghurt with nuts and honey
Greek yoghurt provides great protein including slow digesting casein which improves muscle recovery, as well as gut friendly bacteria. While nuts will boost your system with healthy fats.
4. Superfood smoothies
Get that blender on since smoothies are all the rage right now, and rightly so. They provide a quick and yummy energy boost and the possibilities are endless! Try pineapple, orange juice and fresh parsley for a mineral-rich treat or raw cocoa with coconut milk, honey and chia seeds for a chocolaty flavor.
5. Poached egg on brown bagel
Eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats and they taste great on wholegrain toasted bagel which will give you plenty of energy to start the day.