There have been countless studies on the benefits of eating breakfast. Eating in the morning jumpstarts metabolism, provides the body with fuel to begin the day, and significantly reduces the chances of reaching for an unhealthy snack or a fourth cup of coffee mid-morning. Here are four of the best breakfasts to choose before heading into the office.
Oatmeal is a whole grain, and whole grains are very low on the glycemic index and chock full of fiber. That means that this breakfast will keep you fuller for longer, plus it won’t spike your blood sugar (like a caramel latte would) and cause cravings after the energy boost wears off. Try it with some cinnamon, maple syrup, or berries for sweetness, or some peanut or almond butter to add some healthy fats.
2) Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a super food in every sense of the word. One container contains 17 grams of protein, the compound the body uses to build muscle and burn fat. It also contains probiotics, the healthy bacteria that will increase the population of health-promoting bacteria residing in the gut, promoting weight loss and digestive health and reducing bloating. Buy plain, nonfat Greek yogurt, then add berries, nuts, and a natural sweetener like stevia or monkfruit.
3) Veggie Omelet
For some, omelets are an indulgence reserved for eating out or family brunches, but they are actually a great, nutrient-rich way to start your day. An egg-white omelet will be lower in calories, but make sure you include at least one yolk in your omelet – the yolk contains nutrients the body needs to break down and utilize the protein in the egg white. Then add nutritious veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms, and spinach, and you’ll be ready to attack the day!
Smoothies are great breakfast options for a number of reasons. The first is that they can be personalized to include only your favorite ingredients. The second is that they can easily be taken to-go. And the third is that they are the perfect vessel for all the nutrients you need in the morning. Blending up a smoothie with protein powder, fruit, nuts or a nut butter, and perhaps even some greens, chia seeds, or flax seeds will ensure you are getting the protein, carbs, and healthy fats you need to start the day off right.
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