5 Strategies to Get up and Go with Better Breakfasts
Think of your body like a car. Your car won’t get very far if it’s low on fuel, and it certainly wouldn’t run well if you gave it low quality gas that doesn’t include the “ingredients” it needs to work properly. Your body runs the same way. If you don’t give it an adequate amount of quality (i.e., healthy) food, it won’t run well. In fact, additional problems could arise, just like they would in your car.
Many people start the day without eating breakfast or by eating an unhealthy breakfast that does little to provide the right kind of fuel to get through the morning. Researchers have discovered that eating a healthy breakfast has a direct effect on our physical and mental wellbeing. For example, tests have proven that among people who don’t eat breakfast, physical skills, intellectual performance, and attitudes toward achievement all suffer.
The 5 Ps of Eating a Healthy Breakfast
For many of us, the problem isn’t that we don’t want to eat a healthy breakfast. It’s that we don’t think we have the time or appetite to eat well early in the morning. It’s time to shift your thinking and give your body the fuel it needs in the morning! Here are five strategies to help you do it:
Plan your breakfast the night before so you don’t have to take time in the morning when you’re rushed or still half asleep.
The night before, pack a quick breakfast to go. This could be as simple as putting a couple of cheese cubes, some crackers, and a piece of fruit in a bag and eating them on the way to work. Don’t limit yourself to traditional breakfast goods like cereal, eggs, toast, and so on. Any nutritious food can be eaten for breakfast if you like it.
Eat small portions if you don’t have much of an appetite in the morning. Rather than eating a full bowl of cereal or a slice of toast, cut the toast in half and fill the bowl halfway. When your appetite wakes up later, eat a piece of fruit to fill yourself up with food that will give your body the fuel it needs.
Pick breakfast foods that help you get the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C in one serving. Strawberries, oranges, and grapefruits are all great options to help you feel refreshed and awake in the morning.
Your breakfast should include a source of protein, which research shows can help keep you alert. That means drinking milk with cereal or toast is a better choice than just fruit or fruit juice. If you’re ready to get more extravagant, try a glass of milk with an English muffin topped with pineapple bits and sprinkled with cinnamon. Yum!
With that said, limit the amount of ham, sausage, and eggs that you eat since they’re high in saturated fats (ham and sausage) and cholesterol (eggs). Also, avoid boxed or bagged (i.e., commercial) pastries, croissants, and muffins, which can be high in sugar, fat, and calories.
Your Next Steps to Feel Healthier and Happier with Better Breakfasts
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