Have a busy day ahead?
If so, you need to be sure that you start your day right, with a proper meal.
Eating breakfast is going to provide the fuel that you need to stay energized all through the morning and afternoon, while also stabilizing blood glucose levels so that you have optimal hunger control.
Those who skip breakfast often find themselves ravenous and experiencing a sharp energy decline mid-morning, which can then often lead them to eat foods they really shouldn’t be eating.
But in order for your breakfast meal to offer these great benefits, it needs to be structured properly. Balance is key, getting foods from all the main food groups.
Let’s give you some examples of terrific protein-packed breakfast options that will help you feel great as the day carries on.
Scrambled Eggs And ‘Hash Browns’
Eggs are a great way to start your day as they’re loaded with protein, have a good dose of fat, and provide a number of essential nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, folate, iron, zinc, and choline.
Many people fear egg yolks, but as long as you are only eating 1-2 a day and have no pre-existing heart health concerns, they are fine to add into your diet plan.
Scramble together a couple eggs with some egg whites if desired and diced vegetables and then serve these with a sliced sweet potato, pan-fried in a little olive oil, salt and pepper to create your very own healthy version of hash browns.
Add an orange on the side and you’re all set.
Protein Loaded Oatmeal Bowl
Oatmeal is a great way to start your day as it’s low in sugar, high in fiber, and low on the GI index. It’s everything you could want in a carbohydrate source.
The only problem? It’s nearly 100% carbohydrate content. You need to balance out this breakfast so to that bowl of cooked oatmeal, stir in your favorite variety of protein powder along with a tablespoon of natural almond or peanut butter.
Or, you can also stir in some vanilla protein powder, top with a half sliced apple, and some cinnamon and walnut pieces.
Get creative and come up with your own recipes variations for this. Just be sure that you add some form of healthy fat whether it’s nut butter, nuts, coconut milk, or otherwise.
If you’re in a rush to get out the door, a breakfast parfait is quick and easy. To prepare this, simply layer together one cup of low fat Greek yogurt along with fresh berries.
Top with a few tablespoons of toasted oats and another few tablespoons of slivered almonds or walnut pieces.
You can even put this into a bowl and take it with you on the go if necessary. It’ll have a great blend of protein, fiber, slow burning carbs, and healthy fats.
For a quick change of pace, the breakfast taco is a perfect option. To prepare this, take 3 oz. of lean ground turkey and pan-fry it in a little olive oil until cooked and crumbly. Add a half teaspoon of taco seasoning during the cooking and any other spices as desired.
Place this in a warmed whole-wheat soft tortilla and then top with a little plain Greek yogurt, salsa, and a quarter diced avocado for added flavor and healthy fats. Wrap up and serve alongside a bowl of berries.
Finally, if it’s a weekend and you have more time to prepare a gourmet breakfast, get an omelet going in the usual manner but then add half a can of canned salmon along with diced vegetables into the center. Top with a little low fat shredded cheddar cheese and then finish cooking.
Top the finished omelet with some salsa and then serve along with a fruit salad.
This is a great lower carb breakfast that will offer a powerful dose of healthy omega fats and protein.
So don’t let breakfast pass you by any longer.
Leaving home without any food, or possibly even worse, with a processed option such as donut, pastry, or bagel is no way to start your day off feeling your best. Instead, get up 10 minutes earlier and make sure that you give your body the nutrients it needs.