Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Need breakfast ideas? We have plenty of them (if you're in a hurry scroll down to the recipe link, otherwise read some background information first.)

Well, you may have read it in the paper, or maybe you've heard it on the radio on your way to work. It's almost a cliche! Almost everybody knows that "the morning meal is the most important meal of the day".

If it's so good... how come many people skip it?

People do. There are lots of excuses for not eating breakfast, including (but not limited to):

  • Lack of time
  • not being a morning person
  • trying to lose weight
  • Not having good breakfast ideas, and
  • having forgotten to have it

A while ago I used to skip my morning meal too.

Later on I would have "whatever", and then a very heavy lunch (depending on how hungry I would be by lunch time).

But when I started paying attention to what I ate (and how and how much), I realized the damage I was causing to my body by skipping the most important meal of the day.

What happens to our bodies when we skip breakfast?

Understanding this question, will help you realize "why breakfast is good for you", and hopefully, you'll make it a must in your everyday life.

For starters, if you skip the morning meal you're making it harder for your body to lose weight, and your energy levels will tend to be lower than those of a person who looks after herself.

Why?

Think about it. By the time the early meal is due, your body has not received any food for about 8 hours (a third of your day). Compare this with your "day" hours, when you have 3 (if not more) meals.

It is amazing how, if you are used to skipping breakfast, you condition yourself to feel "ok", but a close examination of your "fasting" mood would reveal that your levels of energy are low. What happens is that your body is rested at the end of a good sleep, but you still need the energy after you wake up.

Your body does not stop just because you go to sleep. It goes on breathing, digesting, pumping up blood everywhere in your body, and moving (amongst many other physiological processes).

It constantly needs fuel (i.e. food), and even if you're not hungry early in the morning, your body will still need the extra energy contained in a brunch. It makes sense, doesn't it?

But a healthy breakfast is more than an energy source. It is good for you because it:

  • provides glucose to your brain, making you mentally efficient and alert. You get "the edge" by having breakie (Australian for "breakfast"); ;-)
  • reduces your cholesterol levels (depending on what you eat of course!);
  • gives you vital nutrients and vitamins;
  • makes you slimmer, by jump-starting your metabolism (how quickly your body burns energy), which is slow after relative inactivity at night.
  • makes you "Mr or Ms Happy". An energized and balanced meal may alter your mode and make you feel better during the day.

What are healthy breakfast recipes?

The opposite of skipping breakfast is having the wrong foods (and possibly too much of them too!).

Every meal is capable of giving you energy. The question is "how long will that energy last for?". This is important to know because that will determine whether you still feel "charged up" till lunch time, or whether you're starving by 10 AM.

Avoid things like chocolate chip muffins and other high sugar meals. The energy levels are high (and they taste delicious, I know!) but short-lived, and the residual makes you bigger and heavier. So, these foods are a no-no.

Fresh fruits and cereals, are a healthier choice, but you have to be mindful of the sugar contained in cereals. Some of them can have enough sugar for a whole family in one single serving!

But what if you're not "a breakfast person?"

There is no such a thing as a "morning meal person".

If you need to do something for your health, you do it, and you can condition yourself to make having breakfast part of your life and take pleasure on it.

But I've got a couple of tips that can help you in your transition:

  1. Know "why" is important. Reading this article was a good start; ;-)
  2. Buy fruits and cereal (but mind the amount of sugar that some cereals contain);
  3. Check out my (ahem... ) delicious low fat breakfast recipes and try some (you'll like them, I promise);
  4. plan your meals. Planning ahead to have interesting and tasty meals will help you enjoy it;
  5. If you don't have the time to prepare breakie (you don't have 5 minutes for yourself!?), you may choose a good low fat fast food outlet and be good and have a low-fat-low-sugar-meal.

But whatever you do... do have breakfast!

... it's good for you! ;-)

It can really help your body burn more energy during the day which can lead to weight loss. 


Need breakfast ideas for healthy low fat recipes? Here they are!


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