The path to healthier eating (and a healthier, thinner body) begins first thing in the morning. Before you rush out the door for a busy day, remember how important it is to “break” the “fast”.
Your body is sluggish and sleepy from a night’s rest and is still conserving calories – not burning them. Having a good, well-balanced breakfast can jump start your metabolism and keep your appetite under control for the rest of the day.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated and luxurious – unless you want it to be. Think a little carbohydrate – whole grain toast, an English muffin, or even milk, and a little protein. Protein can come from peanut butter, egg, cheese, or even sliced deli meat. The combination of carbohydrates and protein will give you a boost of energy that will keep you going for a few hours.
Here are a few ideas to help you start and keep the habit of eating the most important meal of the day:
Think Ahead. Prepare a quick and easy breakfast casserole the night before and pop it into the oven while getting dressed. Before you know it you’ll have a hot, healthy breakfast for everyone.
Bake During the Weekend. Bake bran muffins on Sunday and during the week keep them in a basket or in the refrigerator so they are easy to grab and go.
Make A Shake or Smoothie. In the freezer section of the grocery store there are a variety of pre-packaged fruit and yogurt smoothie mixes that you can just throw into the blender and have ready to go in a matter of minutes.
Get Creative When You're In A Hurry. Make pancakes or waffles early in the week and keep in the freezer. Add some peanut butter or cream cheese and low-sugar preserves and eat on the go.
For more on healthy eating, visit BlackDoctor.org.
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