World Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Off Right!
Did you know that most people will eat more than half of their daily calorie intake at breakfast? It’s true! So if you’re trying to lose weight, ensuring your breakfast (or breakfasts) are on point can help set the tone for the rest of your day and inspire you to make healthy food choices all day long.
Eggs are one of nature’s best foods, and they can give you a significant boost in many areas of your health. They’re rich in essential nutrients and contain high-quality protein to keep you full longer—which means less snacking. Eggs are also a go-to food when you want to drop a few pounds because they’re deficient in calories, thanks to their shell (which is pure protein). One whole egg has about 70 calories.
Berries are bursting with fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. Not only will they keep you feeling full longer, but berries have been shown to improve memory and help prevent neurodegenerative diseases. Their high fibre content promotes a healthy gut by moving things along smoothly. Keep your fridge stocked with fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for a quick way to stave off hunger.
Add Seeds to Oatmeal
Adding a sprinkling of sunflower seeds can give your oatmeal a nice crunch. This isn’t just some silly trend—there’s a health benefit behind it: Sunflower seeds are rich in fibre and protein, which can help curb hunger later in the day. For more ideas on eating healthy at breakfast time—and all morning long—read my post on 20 Healthy Breakfasts Under 200 Calories. An excellent place to start? My Strawberry Yogurt Parfait!
Avoid Fried Foods
Fried foods are loaded with fat and calories. They clog up your system, making it much harder for you to lose weight, so stay away from fried foods as much as possible. They should be treated like an occasional treat, not a regular part of your diet.
Go For Protein-Rich Foods
If you’re short on time in the morning, try focusing on protein-rich foods (eggs are an ideal option). Protein will fill you up faster than sugars or grains and steady your blood sugar levels.
Try Fruit Smoothies for an Energy Boost
One way to jumpstart your morning is with a fruit smoothie. Smoothies are an easy, delicious and nutritious way to get your recommended servings of fruit in one glass. They’re also a great alternative if you don’t have time for breakfast, want something other than eggs or cereal, or need something portable on your way out of the house. Try any of these healthy breakfast smoothies for a convenient start.
Choose Whole Wheat slices of bread.
Whole-wheat bread and cereals are a great way to start your day if you’re on a diet. They contain fibre, which can help you feel full longer, and they’re fortified with B vitamins and other nutrients that help you metabolize food quickly. Also, there’s no need for long-winded explanations about why whole grains are healthy—you have to believe it.
Enjoy Yogurt at Every Meal
Thanks to its filling and nutritious qualities, it’s easy to fill up on a bowl of yoghurt. Even better, it’s possible to sneak some flavours into your morning meal to curb cravings for sweet treats later in the day. Try blending berries into your yoghurt for a refreshing treat or adding a few tablespoons of cocoa powder for an out-of-this-world snack.
Use Peanut Butter as a Spread or Topping
Peanut butter is one of my favourite foods. It is full of protein and healthy fats, but it also tastes great on toast or celery sticks, as a spread for sandwiches or wraps, and even on oatmeal. The best part is that you can cut your calories by choosing reduced-fat peanut butter instead of full-fat peanut butter. Keep reading for three more slimming breakfast ideas.
Use Herbs and Spices in New Ways
Next time you’re preparing a meal, consider adding herbs and spices instead of (or in addition to) traditional calorie-laden extras like cheese, butter, or cream. Sprinkle some parsley on your next serving of pasta. Add a hint of rosemary or mint to your following homemade marinara sauce. Squeeze some lemon juice over your next chicken breast for an added flavour kick and extra nutrition boost. Herbs and spices add natural flavour without any calories. Want another healthy cooking tip?