March 29, 2023
Breakfast has become quite controversial in the health and fitness world. We’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But now, with the rising popularity of intermittent fasting, this message is starting to shift. Honestly, there’s no need to complicate breakfast. Breakfast is the meal that you “break” your “fast” with. Whether you eat first thing in the morning or wait till noon, it is just the first meal that you have in the day. This meal will affect your mood, hunger and energy levels throughout the rest of the day. Therefore, it is pretty important that you make it a good one! These are 5 of our favourite foods that we include in our breakfasts on a regular basis.
Eggs are the quintessential breakfast food for good reason. Their high protein content will not only fill you up, but will keep your blood sugar levels stable as well. This is important because rapid changes in blood sugar cause cravings, energy crashes and poor dietary decisions throughout the day. Eggs are also rich in a nutrient called choline. Choline is important for brain health and can help with memory, focus and overall cognition. Add some eggs to your breakfast and you may not need that mid-morning coffee or snack!
Green Leafy Vegetables
Maybe you weren't expecting this one? Vegetables such as spinach, collards, kale, arugula and swiss chard are other great breakfast additions. These greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that keep you healthy and thriving in life. Leafy veggies are also high in fiber and low in calories. Therefore, they are an effective way to add volume to your breakfast and will keep you full for longer. Forget that morning multivitamin, grab some greens instead!
Avocados are high in healthy fats. And just like protein and fibre, healthy fats can keep blood sugar levels balanced and curb appetite. Besides that, avocados are also rich in important nutrients such as folate, potassium and vitamin K. While avocados can easily be paired with any savoury breakfast dish, you can also try them in sweet breakfast dishes such as smoothies or chia puddings.
Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, which improves cognition, and memory as well as prevent brain aging. If you workout after breakfast, blueberries can provide a healthy source of carbohydrates to fuel your sessions. Low in calories, and high in nutrients and taste, blueberries are the ultimate superfood! Blueberry smoothies and yogurt bowls are some of our favourite ways to enjoy them at breakfast.
This is another food that is packed with protein as well as healthy fats . It is also rich in probiotics and will keep your gut healthy and happy! Greek yogurt is a great option if you are looking for something quick in the morning. All you have to do is scoop some out into a bowl or container and add your favourite toppings! When purchasing greek yogurt, make sure to choose ones that are unsweetened, unflavoured and contain “live and active cultures” on the ingredient list.
Want to put a few of these powerful foods together? Try this recipe!
Berry Avocado Smoothie
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
There is a reason why these foods form the base of many of the breakfast recipes in our meal guides. They are nutrient-dense and can really give you an edge for the rest of the day. Bon appetit!
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