Why You Should Eat a Healthy Breakfast
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom.
- Studies show that breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight.
- Hunger sets in long before it’s time for lunch, but because it’s not convenient to eat properly, many people who have not eaten breakfast snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar.
- People who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up their daily requirement for some vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast would have provided.
- Breakfast provides energy for the activities during the morning and helps to prevent that mid-morning slump.
Nutritionists advise that breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking and a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA).
Why Eat Protein?
Protein is a building block of cells throughout the body. It is necessary for healthy skin, nails, muscles, cartilage and blood. Protein helps to build and repair bodily tissues, and it is used to produce hormones and enzymes. When you eat protein for breakfast, you will feel more energized and ready to take on your day. You are also more likely to feel full longer, which can lead to healthier eating habits and possibly even weight loss. I love my oatmeal so I came up with a few ways to give my routine breakfast a little more ooomph! In my bowl of oatmeal pictured above and below I used rolled oats, egg white, almond butter, holy crap, cinnamon, banana and blueberries.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp holy crap
- 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
- 1/4 cup Egg Whites
- 1 banana
- handful of blueberries
- Put the oats in a pot with water and let water come to a boil.
- Add in egg whites and stir
- Cut up slices of banana and throw in with the boiling oats and water, continue to stir
- Add in cinnamon and stir until everything is completely mixed together
- Top off the oatmeal with holy crap, almond butter and blue berries.
Here are a few ways to add protein to you oatmeal:
Tbsp of Almond Butter
While cooking oats in boiling water (don’t use quick oats, only use rolled oats), add in 1/4 cup egg whites and let boil until cooked. The egg whites add a custard-like texture.
Instead of using water with oats use Soy milk.
Add different types of nuts.
Mix in greek yogurt, cottage cheese or kefir.
Stir in your favourite protein powder.
Stir in some flax & chia seeds.