Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Weight Loss
We've all had those crazy mornings when you wake up late, run out the door in a hurry, and grab a croissant and a latte at a nearby coffee shop. There's nothing wrong with indulging in a delicious pastry every once in a while but making it a habit will pack on the pounds.
Making healthy decisions for breakfast can be an essential key to weight loss. Studies have shown that when people consume the most calories per meal at breakfast, they are more likely to lose weight, decrease waist circumference, and stay full longer.
Below are some choices to help you build a healthy breakfast to aid in your weight your journey.
According to a study published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming a breakfast high in protein is related to increased fullness, reduced evening snacking, and decreased cravings.
Some smart protein choices for breakfast are:
Quick tip-Streamline your breakfast in the morning by cooking your oats and quinoa ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The more organized and prepared you are for breakfast, the better chance you have to make healthy decisions.
Consuming breakfast foods high in fiber tends to slow down digestion helping you feel fuller longer. Preferred fiber options are whole grain or multi-grain toast, oatmeal, overnight oats, fruits, and veggies.
Vegetables should make up about half of what we consume at any meal. Tossing in some spinach, peppers, or zucchini into an omelet or adding vegetables to your breakfast smoothie (throw in fruit for sweetness) is a smart way to get your vegetables for breakfast.
Another way to stay fuller longer and slow down digestion is to consume healthy fats. Healthy fats slow down the release of energy. Avocado toast is a delicious and healthy way to get your healthy fats in the AM. Adding nuts to oatmeal, blending chia seeds or flaxseeds with your smoothie is also a good way to get a dose of healthy fats.
Use your imagination for breakfast. A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional breakfast food. Try making breakfast burritos with scrambled egg whites and salsa rolled in a whole wheat tortilla (if you don’t like eggs—try beans and veggies instead, which you can prepare the night before). Try sliced apples dipped into a mixture of Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
A protein and fiber packed breakfast can satisfy your appetite and help you eat healthier all day long. Buzz Feed has put together some healthy recipes for your morning meals that are delicious, creative, and healthy. Enjoy!