Healthy, High-Protein Breakfasts…
You’ve probably heard the very popular mantra which says breakfast is the most important meal of the day! BUT because of our hectic, modern lifestyle, many of us don’t allow ourselves the time to have a good, balanced breakfast…
There are several reasons why this is a really bad idea. First, if you’re not a sleepwalker you probably don’t eat while you sleep, which means that your body has likely spent the last six to eight hours without getting any food; whatever you’ve eaten the previous day has long since been digested and your body is ready for more – it expects it, on a biological level.
Second, because of the way your body works, having a nutritious breakfast in the morning can significantly help reduce your mid-morning cravings to snack. Over-consumption of calories is the number one reason why people put on weight. For these two reasons, you should definitely allow your body a full, healthy meal as soon as you get up, as it will give you the energy you need to be efficient at work until lunch time.
What type of breakfast should you have?
Alright, so you know why you should have a big, balanced breakfast in order to properly start your day, but what type of breakfast should you have?
I personally highly recommend that you make your first daily meal very high in protein. This will make sure that you stay fuller for longer periods of time, and it will prevent those mid-morning crashes that you are liable to get if your breakfast is high in carbohydrates and sugars.
To help you out with this, I’m going to include a few breakfast ideas that I personally use to make sure I’m full of energy in the morning, and ready to tackle any task ahead of me that particular day.
#1 Boiled Eggs
Eggs are the cornerstone of any high-protein, nutritious breakfast. The egg white is extremely high in protein, and the yolk contains a huge number of useful micronutrients that your body really needs. I went for the boiled egg variant because it doesn’t include any oil, just the egg itself, and it definitely leaves less of a mess because you don’t have to scrub a pan afterwards!
A lot of people put burritos in the junk food category, but I think that they can be a very good choice for a healthy breakfast if you prepare them correctly, and the best thing of all is that they’re very simple to make. Just take a big tortilla, heat it up in a pan and fill it up with some beans, corn, guacamole and maybe even some scrambled eggs. Add some salt and pepper to taste and you have yourself an instant, protein-packed balanced breakfast. I highly recommend making this at least once a week, as it’s a great way to kickstart your body and give it that initial rush you need in the morning.
Another great idea for a high-protein breakfast is yogurt! Plain yogurt can be kind of bland, so feel free to add some berries and nuts. Walnuts go great with yogurt and they’re extremely high in protein, so you won’t need a whole lot in order to feel full. To boost your protein intake further you could also mix in 30-40g of chocolate whey protein.
Oats are full of not only protein, but they’re also packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is great for improving your digestive system and lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, they’re a great way to quickly get some energy to your body without taxing your digestive tract much, which is great if you have to ride a bike or take a walk to the office. What’s great about oatmeal is that it goes with just about anything, so you can add all kinds of fruits (bananas and apples work great), nuts and spices to make it really tasty.
#5 Bananas & Cottage Cheese
You probably didn’t know this, but cottage cheese is one of the best and healthiest sources of protein you can get. Furthermore, it’s packed full of vitamin A and also calcium, which is essential for maintaining good bone density and eyesight. What I do personally is I take a single serving of cottage cheese, cut up a banana or two and add some walnuts for a quick, protein-packed meal that will jump-start my body with an entire 30 grams of protein per serving!
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Monica Nichols is one of the most promising writers at www.diet.st, and apart from writing her main passion in life is designing clothes. In her free time, she likes listening to jazz and spending time with her boyfriend in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.