What’s the first thing you do every morning once you bound out of bed? Perhaps you check texts, log onto your e-mail account, or maybe you post on Facebook. Next, you shower and shave, and gulp a cup of coffee as you take the pooch out to poop. Occasionally, when you think of it, you grab a piece of toast, or scarf down a bowl of cereal. Then you’re off to the races.
Well, I hate to rain on your parade, but you just started your day off on the wrong foot. When you skip breakfast, your body begins to think you are starving it, so it responds by storing fat more readily. Without healthy doses of protein your muscles have nothing to draw from for growth and recovery. Denying yourself complex carbs causes your metabolism to plummet big time. You simply won’t have the energy your body needs to survive the day.
I’m sure you’re getting the point of what I’m trying to convey, but you’re also asking yourself, “How will I find the time to fix a healthy breakfast when I’m already so rushed in the morning?” Here’s a list of eight of the top healthiest breakfast foods ever! They’re loaded with nutrients, taste delicious, and damned easy to fix!
- Almond butter on toast or an English muffin is a great source of protein and mono-unsaturated fats, making it an especially good choice for vegans who avoid eggs and dairy.
- Bananas are quick and easy to eat, but they’re also sodium free and packed full of potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure.
- Berries and prunes are loaded with vitamin K, antioxidants, and plenty of fiber which helps to keep cholesterol levels in check and prevents the onset of type2 diabetes.
- Eggs contain 13 essential nutrients including protein for strong muscles, vitamin B for a healthy metabolism, and choline which is great for improving memory.
- Grapefruit is tasty and refreshing, and it’s loaded with vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
- Non-fat Greek yogurt has twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt, and you can eat it by itself or with berries, nuts, or any other breakfast food.
- Oatmeal, provided you’re not gluten intolerant, helps you reduce bad cholesterol levels, and it’s full of potassium and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Porridge is not just for Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Quinoa porridge with almond milk (and maybe some nuts and berries, cinnamon and chopped apples) packs a dynamite protein punch, and at the same time it’s a great option for vegans, vegetarians, and those who are avoiding gluten.
Tom Bonanti is a personal trainer and licensed massage therapist (MA40288) with his own one on one training studio in Ft. Lauderdale www.pumpnincgym.com. Contact Tom with questions regarding fitness and nutrition firstname.lastname@example.org or call to schedule a free fitness intake massage (954) 557-1119.