Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the deal.
However how many people actually eat a proper healthy breakfast? So often you might simply grab a quick coffee, a slice of toast and then you rush out of the door to work.
The problem is, by the time you get to work, your blood sugar starts to dip and this is when you start to crave sugary snacks such as chocolate bars.
If you don’t have anything to eat you can very quickly become tired, irritable and lack concentration.
You may have thought that skipping breakfast would help you shed the pounds at a greater rate. But it’s actually the reverse that’s true. By skipping breakfast you end up in a viscous circle of snacking on sugary foods that send your blood sugars haywire. This in turn helps you pile on the pounds!
So the next time you think about skipping on breakfast, please think twice. There’s no need to become a slave to the kitchen or eat dull and boring foods. There are plenty of foods you can eat that are tasty and easy to prepare. Here are some ideas:-
Healthy Breakfast Cereals
Let’s face it, the “healthy” breakfast cereals on the market are less than inspiring. In order to find a tasty cereal you’ll end up buying one full of sugar which is certainly not a good idea. However you can always liven things up a bit by experimenting with different fruits.
Chop up some bananas, strawberries, apricots or even be more exotic and add things like mango or papaya to your breakfast cereal. The cereal you buy should also be high in fibre and have no added sugar or salt in it. Shredded Wheat or Weetabix are ideal choices. Also make sure you to use skimmed or semi skimmed milk so as to avoid adding in too many additional calories. If you are pushed for time then look for muesli with dried fruits, nuts and seeds.
There are loads of really tasty teas on the market such as green tea, Oolong and Red Bush. Not only are they free of calories, they also contain loads and loads of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants plus much more besides. You can really start to experiment with trying out different teas – you’ll be amazed at how much they can vary in taste!
Another drink you should consider is from FibreTrim. Basically it contains three natural ingredients that appear in Zotrim – Yerba Mate, Damiana and Guarana. These ingredients have been clinically tested to prove that they make you feel full quicker and for longer. As a result you end up not snaking anywhere near as much. There’s also Inulin which is a type of fibre that’s also been proven to help with weight loss.
Egg and Toast
A lot of people believe that eggs are really fattening and full of cholesterol. However eating a few eggs a week is actually very healthy for you as they contain a variety of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and omega oils. When it comes to cooking your eggs, it’s best that you boil or poach them. If you decide to fry them then make sure you only use a little butter or oil.
As for the toast, look for bread that is made from wholemeal four and there are many that also contain nuts and seeds. Either use a little vegetable spread on your toast or attempt some Marmite or vegetable pate.
Mixed Fruit Salad
A fruit salad in the morning is a fantastic way to start the day because it’s tasty, refreshing and especially great in the summer. However it can take a while to prepare so you might want to do this the night before. Just add in a bit of natural fruit juice to keep the fruit fresh.
You could even have the fruit salad with some live yoghurt or honey. Alternatively you could put the fruit in a blender for a really health fruit smoothie.
A full English breakfast that doesn’t pile on the pounds
If you want to treat yourself with the “Full Monty” breakfast then you can still do this but with a few alterations. For instance, if you are a keen user of the deep fat fryer, you should ditch that and make use of the grill instead.
Use lean bacon, poach or boil eggs, opt for low sugar, low salt baked beans and a grilled tomato. Choose wholemeal bread instead of white and a glass of unsweetened fruit juice.
Another thing to think about are the vegetarian meat-free options. There are a number of these products including ones by Quorn. They might not be quite the same as meat, however they are very low in fat yet high in fibre. Idea for those who want to lose weight!