We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As well as providing the energy we need to get through the day, a healthy breakfast is also said to contribute to weight loss. Below you will find a few healthy breakfast recipes, that are quick and easy to make, to help you get through the day!
So what constitutes a healthy breakfast recipe? According to the NHS, sugary breakfasts such as cereals or sugary spreads on toast will provide you a temporary energy boost which will quickly fade, requiring you to eat more during the day to keep your energy levels up. Therefore, a healthy breakfast requires slow-burn carbohydrates so that you can last for much longer on the energy you consumed for breakfast. Good examples of these are wholemeal breads and cereals without added sugars.
In a busy lifestyle, it’s often easier to just grab something quick as you’re rushing out the door for breakfast, or skip it entirely, but for someone who is trying to lose weight this can be counterproductive.
Perhaps the easiest change to make for people on the go is swapping ordinary white or brown bread to wholemeal for toast, paired with a sugar-free, low fat spread, this can make a filling and healthy breakfast that’ll last you through until lunchtime. Adding a poached or boiled egg, or some grilled mushrooms, adds more flavor if you have the time and contains very little fat too!
As well as being warming and filling in cold winter months, oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfasts you could have. Oats release energy slowly, which gives you a steady flow of energy throughout the entire day. Adding some muesli and some chopped fruit adds fiber and also contributes towards your five a day! If you don’t have time to make the oatmeal from scratch, instant oatmeal can often make a good substitute – but watch out for a high sugar content in flavored oatmeal.
Greek Yogurt and Fruit
Greek yogurt is now a firm favorite of health food specialists. It’s non-fat and contains many of the nutrients you should be consuming for a healthy lifestyle such as calcium, potassium, protein and zinc. Dress the bitterness of the yogurt up with fruits such as mixed berries or bananas or add a handful of wholegrain cereal for a really healthy energy-boosting breakfast. Don’t be tempted to pick up a pre-flavored version, many of them have added fats and sugars.
Whilst muffins are generally not a very healthy breakfast, there are healthy breakfast recipes out there that make this an ideal breakfast. There are plenty of recipes available for making your own muffins, which is always a good idea because you will know exactly what went into what you’re eating. Often, you can make batches ahead and freeze to bring out ahead of breakfast time. These offer plenty of carbohydrates to keep you going through the day, combined with fruit as one of your five a day and are a good source of fiber.
This post comes from Goodtoknow Diets, the experts in low calorie diets and healthy living.