Get your day started the right way each morning
Do you tend to skip breakfast? Or do you grab a doughnut and an iced coffee from the drive through? Or are you the vending machine type? If you’re like many of us, you’re in a rush to get to school or work, and a healthy breakfast is the last thing on your mind. This may be okay every once in a while, but it’s not the best habit to have.
Breakfast is important because it primes your body with the fuel it needs to get through the morning. Starting off with unhealthy options doesn’t provide the nutrients or sustainable energy that our bodies need. Here are some benefits to eating a healthy breakfast, according to WebMD:
- Better concentration
- Better overall mood
- More energy
- Better for weight management
What are some healthy breakfast options that you can still fit in to a busy morning? With a little advance planning at the grocery store, you can be sure to have affordable, fast, easy, and healthy breakfast options every morning. The trick is to find a good mix of healthy proteins, whole grains, and fresh foods, and to avoid too much sugar and over-processed carbohydrates.
Try adding some of these items to your grocery list so you have them on hand in the morning.
- Whole grain toast and peanut butter
- Plain yogurt with fruit
- Sliced tomatoes and cottage cheese
- Hard-boiled eggs and an apple
- Peanut butter and banana
- Light cream cheese on a small whole wheat bagel
- Whole grain, low-sugar cereal
- No-sugar instant oatmeal with milk and berries
- Scrambled eggs, microwaved in a mug
- Turkey with low-fat cheese rolled up
- Yogurt and cottage cheese mixed together
- Scrambled egg sandwich on whole wheat toast
- Overnight no-cook oats in a jar
- Peanut butter and fruit in a wrap
Once you get used to grabbing a healthy breakfast, you may notice a difference! You should feel more energized and avoid the sugar highs that come from grabbing a doughnut for breakfast. Eating healthfully also makes you feel good about yourself, and it encourages you to keep up your healthy streak when lunch time comes around.
For more healthy eating tips, try 6 Tips for a Healthier Diet. Remember, shopping for healthy breakfast foods may take a little extra time, but it is well worth it. Here’s to starting out the day right!
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