Breakfast doesn’t have to be a pain to plan anymore! Here are 5 simple breakfast ideas to keep you healthy and get you ready to conquer what’s ahead of you.
1. Go for the smoothie if you can’t eat.
Yes, as kids we’ve all been told the morning motto, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” So while this number one tip is cliche and annoying, it is important. Eat at least 20 minutes after you wake up, even if you don’t feel hungry. I really like starting off with a delicious homemade smoothie. This recipe shows you how to make a quick strawberry oatmeal breakfast smoothie. It only takes a cup of soy milk, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, a banana cut into chunks, 14 frozen strawberries, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Put all of that in a blender, and blend it until it’s all nice and smooth. It only takes ten minutes out of your morning to prepare and make it, and it’s the perfect, filling kick to a good a** morning. Another thing you should try to stick with is keeping it green. Things like ale and spinach are always a good additive for any smoothie.
2. Be fruity.
The best fruits to eat for breakfast are bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, and watermelon. I also love to add pineapple, apples, and low fat yogurt into the mix. All of these super foods will sustain your hunger, hydrate you, improve your metabolism, and provide other magical qualities such as improving memory and preventing risks of cancer.
3. Oats are the GOAT.
I’m corny for this, but having oats in your diet is one of the best things you could do for yourself. Oats contain beca-glucan, which is a fiber that helps lower cholesterol, and oats are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Oats are very heart-healthy, and eating a bowl of of oatmeal can be a delicious hot meal that will sustain your hunger for a while and revitalize you at the same time.
4. Brew your own coffee/tea.
You know Starbucks is always going to be nice and generous with all the milk, syrup, sugar and flavors your sweet tooth desires, but a whole week of caramel macchiatos is never going to work in your favor. Green tea and black coffee are your best bets for staying fit, and hot water will help you stay full. Although anything too plain may seem like a death sentence to many, you can add 0 calorie sugar alternatives such as Splenda without feeling too guilty.
5. Buy almond butter.
Growing up with a severe peanut and hazelnut allergy, it was a pain in the a** to watch my friends enjoy peanut butter, and even worse, Nutella. But then when I was researching “super foods” to help me maintain my weight, I discovered that almond butter is actually one of the best alternative sources of protein, filled with mono-saturated fats, which is a good fat. Bonus, it has less saturated fat than peanut butter. Since then, I haven’t been able to keep my hands off the jars.
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