Struggling with your fitness goals? The euphoria of New Year resolutions is long gone, and chances are that the bulge is still where it always was. Don’t press the panic button, though. What you probably need is a simpler and more patient approach to fitness, and it can begin right at home, early in the morning, with breakfast. Even if you don’t have the time or motivation to spring out of bed for a jog, there is really no reason why you cannot endorse healthy breakfast choices to start off your day.
1. Tasty Omelets
Surprised, aren’t you? Prepare this classic breakfast goodie the right way, and it will give you a great start to your day. To begin with, discard the yolks. The yellow of an egg contains cholesterol, fat and excess calories, all of which you could do without. All the good proteins are in the egg white. Besides, an egg white omelet tastes just as good as the original. Additionally, trade cheese for lots of vegetables, and avoid bacon and sausages. They will bring a load of calories, fat and sodium into your diet. Instead, you could top your omelet with imitation bacon bits (made of soy) for taste.
2. Whole Wheat Toast
If you like some toasted bread on the side, the whole wheat variety is a lot healthier. The whole grains will offer you much needed fiber and will help you stay satiated and energetic for much longer than you would be with refined breads. As a topping, you could use peanut butter, hummus or even low-fat cheese.
3. Turkey Sandwich
This is a great healthy breakfast choice to start off your day with. That is if you aren't vegetarian! Make your sandwich with low-cal mayo and whole wheat bread, and you will get an excellent mix of healthy carbohydrates and proteins.
4. If You Love Cereal…
Oatmeal is an excellent choice. It is loaded with fiber and complex carbohydrates; this means you will feel full for longer and will have consistent energy through your day. To enhance the taste and health quotient, you could add bananas, berries, almonds or nuts, whichever of these is at hand. If cold cereal is your thing, get one which has less or no added sugar and is rich in whole grains. If you can get a granola of this kind, and mix it with low-fat yoghurt and fresh fruits, you will have an excellent breakfast ready before you in minutes.
5. Fruit Salad
Throw in your favorite fruits and try a bowlful without any dressing. You will be surprised at how good it tastes. In fact, fresh fruits will go well with nearly anything else you can think of for breakfast. What’s more, fruits are low in calories but high in fiber and antioxidants.
6. Breakfast Burrito
If you like Mexican, this could become one of your favorite healthy breakfast choices to start off your day. Get a whole wheat tortilla, and for your filling add in an ounce of low-fat cheese, and a scrambled mixture of ½ cup of egg substitute and ½ cup of cooked assorted vegetables. It takes a little bit of preparation, but it will be a tasty and healthy breakfast.
7. Fruit Smoothies
Smoothies are fashionable and you probably see them everywhere these days. The problem with most commercial smoothies is that they contain loads of sugar or other sweeteners and fruit juice. In other words, they are rich in calories without so many vital nutrients. You can make a much lighter and healthier smoothie at home. As a rule of thumb, a big glassful should contain whole fruit pulp rather than juice, blended with 1.2 cup of low-fat yoghurt and ½ cup of skimmed milk. You can enhance some smoothie recipes with a little bit of orange juice as well. This is definitely delicious and a super healthy breakfast choice to start off your day with.
With these easy-to-prepare, healthy breakfast recipes, you also have the option of mixing and matching without too much preparation time (except for the burrito, of course!). In the whole, if you can get in a whole wheat product, a protein source (egg, dairy, soy, beans, lean meats) and some fresh fruits and veggies for breakfast, that is ideal. It is important to remember that if you go in for healthy breakfast choices to start off your day, you are putting yourself on the fast track to fitness! What healthy breakfast ideas do you have to share with us?
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