Best Meals To Start Your Day
Why Breakfast is So Important
Eating breakfast means you ‘break the fast’ you’ve put your body through during sleep, allowing your glucose supply to replenish and give your body the required energy to boost. It will also give your metabolism the jump start it needs to burn calories throughout the day.
One of the best ways to switch to a healthy lifestyle is a healthy breakfast! Starting your day right and especially with the right food intake is highly important for a healthy body. It not only helps you control your weight and blood sugar but also gives you nutrients that help your growth and development, along with your sense of well being. A bad breakfast on the other hand, it messes with your metabolism greatly and as a result may cause weight gain. Break your night’s fast with healthy foods and start your day off strong with a healthy breakfast.
Best of Cereals
When we say cereal we do not mean the variety of cereal aisle filled with sugar and sometimes other processed foods. Oatmeal on the other hand is as healthy as a cereal can get! It is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains beta glucan, which is a thick & sticky fiber that helps a person to feel full for longer and may also lower cholesterol, the stress induced hormone, also known as the survival hormone.
Studies have revealed that people who ate oatmeal for breakfast felt fuller than usual and ate less at lunchtime than people who ate cornflakes in the morning. Oats are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium, giving your body all that it needs to kick start your day with a healthy breakfast.
The best kind of breakfast ideally has carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. It’s really easy to create this healthy breakfast combo with oatmeal by adding the right fruits & nuts to it. Such a meal would give you complex carbs and fiber and will keep your blood sugar under control, while maintaining an ideal balance of bacteria in your gut. The nuts or nut butter would add the required protein and healthy fats to your morning meal. The fruit tops it off with fiber and vitamins, plus it gives your breakfast a natural sweet taste. Avoid shopping for pre-packed oatmeal mixes as those have added sugar and use old-fashioned oats instead.
Eggs have always been a popular breakfast food and the nutrient value is clear to each and all. They contain the high-quality protein you’d need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some people think that eggs are unhealthful because of the amount of cholesterol they contain. However, researches have shown that the dietary cholesterol from eggs has only a minor impact on bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), in the blood. On the other hand, another small study showed that people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease found that eating whole eggs and working towards reducing carbohydrate consumption resulted in improvements in blood cholesterol levels as well. It also reduces waist circumference, weight, and body fat and therefore improves the overall health with regular consumption.
Nuts & Butter
For all the vegetarians & vegan people out there, eating nuts is an excellent way to get enough protein in your meals. Nuts also contain antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and heart-healthful fats giving all required nutrients at once to nourish your body and provide you with a healthy lifestyle.
According to a 30-year-long study in the New England Journal of Medicine: “People who consumed nuts seven or more times per week had a 20 percent lower risk of death compared to people who did not eat nuts.”
Nut butter is very versatile. You can use nuts in the form of nut butter and spread it on whole grain toast, mix it into oatmeal or your yogurts. Some kinds of nut butter that could help you achieve your healthy breakfast goal, includes:
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
- Unsweetened Cocoa and Hazelnut Butter
We all love some fresh berries! Berries of all kinds, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are an excellent way to start the mornings with a healthy breakfast meal. They are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain disease-fighting antioxidants, hence, nourishing & cleansing toxins from your body at once.
A study from the American Heart Association showed an association between a higher intake of the antioxidants found in berries with a lower risk of heart attack in young women.
You can sprinkle berries on cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt, or blend them into smoothies. If fresh berries are expensive or not in season, you can buy frozen berries, which are just as nutritious. However, make sure to choose frozen berries without any added sugar for an optimal healthy lifestyle.
It is always easier to crack open a bottle of fruit juice than to cut up a bunch of fruit. However, you won’t get as many benefits from a bottle of juice added with preservatives than to eat the raw and fresh fruits. Eating fresh cut fruits would help keep your bowels healthy and lower cholesterol.
Another delicious way to consume fresh fruits is Smoothies! One of the easiest ways of consuming a healthy breakfast. To make a healthy breakfast out of smoothies, choose fruits, plain yogurt or nut butter, and maybe a little wheat germ for extra vitamins, minerals, and protein. That way you can avoid the saturated fat and added sugars which you’ll get if you use fruit juice, flavored yogurts, or whipped cream.
Choose a healthy lifestyle today and start your days with healthy freshly prepared meals! Get all that you need for your healthy breakfast preparations at your one-stop online grocery partner, Milkbasket. Order everything by midnight and get daily doorstep deliveries by 7 AM!
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