Think Skinny, Live FABulous!
It might sound cliché, but a healthy breakfast really is an important part of any day. Many people rush out of the front door each day without even stopping to grab something as simple as a banana or another piece of fruit. This can leave you feeling tired and sluggish before lunchtime arrives and it can affect productivity and attitude as a result. Fortunately, you can make a quick, healthy breakfast in the morning so that you can begin your day with more energy.
1. Think Inside the Box
Cereal is one of the oldest breakfast foods in America. In fact, there are stories that the Pilgrims may have shared popped corn and milk with the Native Americans on the day after Thanksgiving. Little did they know that their food would be the precursor to the hundreds of different varieties of cereal on the
market today.Cereal is also a popular option because of its health benefits. If you can stay away from the sugary options that everyone enjoys and make your way to the healthy options, a healthy breakfast can be as simple as a bowl of milk and cereal. Total, for instance, has a complete serving of many vitamins and minerals that the body needs throughout the day. Other cereals, such as Kellogg’s Special K, also provide many vitamins that will help you feel energized until lunchtime.
If you do not like the way cereal tastes by itself, you can combat this by cutting up a fruit into the bowl as well. Bananas seem to complement the taste of many cereals and it only takes a second to cut up a banana. Strawberries add another tasty dimension to your cereal, too. You can even cut several strawberries up a few nights in advance to save time in the morning. Keep the cut pieces in a small plastic container with an airtight lid to keep them from getting soggy. You can also do the same thing with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Oatmeal might not seem appetizing, but you can make it more enjoyable. The best type of oatmeal is the all-natural kind without any flavoring at all. This type has not been refined and provides more fiber and nutrients to the body. The problem with plain oatmeal is that you might have to choke it down just to eat it.
There are some ways that you can eat all-natural oatmeal, though, and still make it healthy. Find some of the flavored oatmeal products at the grocery store and combine them. Depending on how much you want to eat in the morning, just make an equal mixture of all-natural oatmeal and flavored oatmeal. Flavored oatmeal is not as healthy, but if it helps you get the nutrients you need, it is worth it.
If you would rather stick with all-natural products, you sill have some options. Brown sugar makes a great topping for oatmeal and it is much healthier than the white refined sugar that other products use. Using cream instead of milk also makes the oatmeal creamier and tastier. You can even smash up some bananas or blueberries in your oatmeal to make it taste better. Keep trying different things until you find something that will help you to look forward to breakfast instead of making excuses to avoid it.
A great way to get a quick and healthy breakfast is with fruit. If you take a half hour at the beginning of the week, you can cut up enough fruit for the entire week.
Make a list of your favorite fruits before you go shopping so that you do not have an excuse to skip your daily healthy breakfast. You can even find bowls of fruit that are already cut for your convenience, but they are much more expensive than buying the fruits whole.
Most fruits will stay fresh tasting if you keep them in an airtight plastic container. Others will turn color and even lose some if their nutrients, however. Bananas and apples do not keep well after they are exposed to oxygen, so leave these as fresh options.
Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons are all ideal for keeping in a bowl. Simply take a bowl out of the fridge in the morning and eat the tasty fruit while you catch up on the morning news. You can even mix some fruits together to get different vitamins and minerals to start your day.
Not only is this a great idea for breakfast, it is also a great idea for lunch. Take a bowl of fruit with you to enjoy on your lunch break for a quick “pick me up” in the middle of the day. With this option, though, preparation is important. It is almost essential to prepare the bowls of fruit beforehand because you probably will not take the time to cut it fresh every morning.
Mixing your favorite fresh fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt is also tasty. There isn’t any preparation involved other than having some chunks of fruit on hand.
If you absolutely cannot take the time to sit down and enjoy a bowl of fruit, have some bananas, apples and strawberries on hand. These are great to take with you so that you can eat them while driving to work.
It might not be the best situation, but it is much better than stopping at the nearest donut shop or fast-food restaurant to get your breakfast.
Most of the breakfast foods you find in the freezer section at your grocery store are not healthy. They do not contain many nutrients and the preservatives are not very good for your body, either. Foods such as Pop-Tarts and Toaster Strudels also have a great deal of sugar that can cause you to have a burst of energy initially and feel sluggish and tired the rest of the day. If you are lucky, you might be able to find frozen fruits at your supermarket if you simply cannot find the time to cut them up yourself.
Breakfast has the potential to be the healthiest meal of the day, but your decisions could also make it the worst meal of the day. Eating greasy foods and fast-food options to begin your day is just as bad as skipping breakfast altogether. If you have been skipping breakfast, consider one of these options and you can be on your way to healthier eating