Quick Breakie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and definitely should not be skipped. Eating breakfast in the morning helps to level off a person’s blood sugar, thus curbing their appetite throughout the remainder of the day. It gives the energy required to get you started. Morning can get very hectic, but it only takes a second to grab a quick meal to start your day out right.

Here are a couple of fast breakfast options:

  • There are many low carbohydrate nutritional bars available that not only taste good, but are high in protein and also low in fat and carbs.
  • Nuts are also an easy food to grab and go. They are an excellent source of protein as well.
  • Grab a bagel with a little bit of cream cheese and some smoked salmon. A great breakfast that you can eat on the run.
  • Make some fresh muffins ahead of time that way you can just grab one in the morning on your way into the office. Try healthier options like oatmeal/walnut, poppy seed and apple.
  • Try some fresh fruit on top of cottage cheese or yogurt. Full of protein to get you going.
  • Prepare some boiled eggs the night before and store them in the fridge. They are quick to just grab in the morning and head out the door.
  • If you are really in a big rush, a simple protein powder shake can get you going quickly while also giving you some energy to get the day started. It’s fast, easy and very convenient when you have little time in the morning.

Easy Breakfast Recipe: Apple and Nut Butter Sandwich
1 whole-grain sandwich thin
1 tablespoon natural peanut or almond butter
1 small apple, sliced.
Choose a sandwich thin with fewer than 100 calories and at least 3 grams of fiber. Spread nut butter on half of the bread. Top with apple slices and the other half of the bread. Enjoy.

When you wake up in the morning your body has been fasting, going without food during the hours while you were sleeping. Breakfast (break the fast) provides the body and the brain with the energy needed to function. Adding breakfast to the day is easy; just make a few adjustments to your schedule, plan ahead, and grab-and-go with some of the ideas above.

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Shed Pounds by Eating Breakfast

Fat loss is on the top of many people’s lists these days. People will try all sorts of weight loss programs only to be disappointed with the results. Trend diets may give quick results but they are not a long term solution to weight loss. Still the most effective way to successful weight loss is eating a well balanced diet including a healthy breakfast. It’s true when they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and here are the reasons why.

Before delving into the facts, let’s just take a look at the definition of breakfast. Breakfast comes from the words breaking of fast. You might ask, “When did I fast?” The answer is, from the time you went to sleep until the time you woke up. So, how can breakfast actually help to lose weight? When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to crave food later in the day and make poor food choices. When hunger hits unexpectedly you will be tempted to snack or eat fast food which is high in calories, sodium and fat.

If we think about the way our bodies store and use calories you’ll understand why it’s important to start our day with a proper meal. We burn most of our energy during the day while we’re at work or at play. Our bodies need to use the calories from what we’ve consumed to exert the energy. By eating when we wake up we’re able to use those calories throughout the day. As our day winds down we need fewer calories. In Western cultures we typically eat our largest meal in the evening. However, consuming most of the calories at the end of the day is counterproductive. We don’t burn as many calories during our sleep as we doing being active during the day. The calories we don’t burn off at night stay in our system and eventually turn into fat. Therefore, it makes more sense to eat are largest meal in the morning, a slightly smaller meal at lunch and an even smaller one in the evening.

It’s not just about having breakfast. The foods you choose to eat are also important when trying to lose weight. The best breakfast options include protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Foods high in fibre are also a good choice. An example of a well balanced, healthy breakfast is a hard-boiled egg, whole grain toast with peanut butter and a piece of fruit. Yogurt with almonds or another unsalted nut is also a good choice. In the colder months oatmeal with fruit is a great options as it warms you up and makes you feel full for longer. Although it’s not a great choice to have every day, fried eggs and bacon can be enjoyed every once in a while.

If you’re rushed in the mornings and don’t feel there’s time to start your day with a healthy meal there are some other alternatives. A smoothie made with low fat milk, fruit, yogurt and a little protein powder is great for someone on the run. Another option would be to grab a protein bar on the run. Choose one that has a normal level of protein and not something overloaded with protein. Also, read the labels and avoid the bars that have a lot of added sugar or artificial flavors. If you have the time there are many recipes out there for you to make your own protein bars. That way you know exactly what’s going into them.

Speak with any dietician or nutritionist and they will all say that breakfast is extremely important for weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight. Make a good start and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you start to lose the weight. You’ll also notice that you’ll be making healthy food choices throughout the day.

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