Many people, especially those who don’t have a lot of time to make themselves a gourmet breakfast in the morning, tend to pick up habits of eating a granola bar or simply having coffee for breakfast, but did you know there are actually a ton of breakfast items that can either be eaten on the go or prepared ahead of time to save yourself the rush before work in the morning? Stop depriving yourself of nutrients in the morning and start consuming foods that are healthy and will keep you full until lunchtime.
Eggs are the classic staple breakfast food that everyone knows and loves, but did you know just how healthy they are? It’s been proven that eating eggs in the morning will make you feel fuller for longer, which means that your next meal won’t come with such intense hunger. Egg yolks, despite some people thinking they’re bad for you, actually have antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent things like cataracts and macular degeneration. Eggs can also reduce your risk for heart disease, as it lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol. Eggs can be cooked in many different ways, but hard-boiled eggs are the best option to eat on the go.
Greek yogurt is healthier than regular yogurt since the way that it is made helps to create a creamier, more protein-filled option. This is great news because protein is known to keep you feeling fuller for longer as opposed to when you eat a high amount of fat or carbs. The best part about greek yogurt is that it contains a probiotic called Bifidobacteria; this specific probiotic helps keep your gut happy and healthy.
If you are someone who is a huge fan of eating cereal in the morning, we recommend you give oatmeal a fighting chance, too. Oatmeal contains a certain type of fiber that has amazing health benefits, one of them being that it can help to reduce your cholesterol levels and help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Oats are gluten-free, but since they’re often produced in the same place as things that have gluten, it’s rare that people who are gluten-free can eat oatmeal safely unless it is special oatmeal made for gluten-free consumers.
Chia seeds are about as healthy as it gets, and they boast an incredible source of fiber. Not only is it super high in fiber, but the type of fiber it contains is called viscous fiber, which helps absorb water in your body. The downside to chia seeds alone is that they don’t contain so much protein. Your best option is to eat greek yogurt or something similar with chia seeds mixed in. That way, you’re getting all of your nutrients in one meal.
Berries are an amazing way to get your day started. They’re filled with antioxidants and are super high in fiber. The best berries to eat in the morning are blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. These fruits contain a lower amount of sugar than other fruits and they’ll give you a sweet start to your day. They are low in calories, containing only about 50 calories per cup of berries, and they help reduce inflammation. You can eat berries solo, or you can mix them into your Greek yogurt, oatmeal, or cottage cheese.