Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s not just something you were told so you’d actually eat in the morning, either. It’s true.
People who have breakfast every day have more energy and are even happier throughout the day. It’s even been proven that those who have larger breakfasts lose more weight than those who have larger meals at the end of the day.
But you can’t just toss back any meal in the morning. You should be opting for super healthy choices that’ll give you long-term energy. That’s not always as easy as it sounds, though.
You’ll be tempted to have waffles and microwave breakfast sandwiches, but don’t let those decisions derail your healthy lifestyle. Here’s who you can easily make your breakfast healthier with little extra effort.
1. Add avocado
A lot of people shy away from fats and when it comes to the processed ones, they should. Avocados, on the other hand, are fats that your body needs to function highly. Simply adding half an avocado to your toast in place of butter makes a huge difference.
They’re also packed with vitamins and nutrients that’ll help give you long-lasting energy throughout the day. If you’re not a fan of the taste, just toss half of an avocado in a smoothie with some fruit, spinach, chia seeds, and a banana. It’ll be a creamy, healthy breakfast to go.
2. Grab a banana
If you have a hard time getting breakfast cooked in the morning, try adding a banana to your cereal or just take one to go. Not enough people meet their minimum daily recommended dose of potassium and bananas are full of them.
They also have some great fiber to keep you feeling full, too. Bananas are also great for curbing that sweet craving you might get after downing some eggs.
3. Sprinkle it with chia seeds
If you’re not tossing a tablespoon of chia seeds on your eggs or yogurt or oatmeal or cereal in the morning, you’re sorely missing out on some amazing nutrients.
They have omega 3s, fiber, and lots of essential vitamins. Another bonus is that they offer more bang for fewer calories than most other additives.
4. Don’t use so much oil
If you’re the type to spray down your pan with oil before frying up some eggs or the person who dumps a bunch of olive oil before frying some hash browns, stop.
This is a super simple way to cut down on the amount of fat you’re taking in early in the morning. Even though olive oil is typically known as a healthier fat, too much of it isn’t a good thing. Cut back on it and your breakfasts will be much healthier.
5. Use sweet potatoes instead of regular ones
I’m a huge fan of tossing a few potatoes in with my eggs and veggies. However, a healthier option would be to use sweet potatoes instead.
They have more nutrients and keep you feeling full for a bit longer. Plus, they’re really inexpensive and don’t take any more time than regular potatoes would.
6. Throw some flaxseed into your oatmeal
I’m sure you already know how great flaxseed is for you. It offers fiber, protein, omega-3s, and so much more. They’re really inexpensive and you can just throw some into your oatmeal without even noticing they’re there.
You can also put some of this in a smoothie or mix it with some yogurt, too. It’s super versatile and it takes hardly any effort to add.
7. Skip all but one egg yolk
Some people might say to consume only egg whites if you’re trying to slim down but the fat you get from egg yolks isn’t actually that bad. But you do want to make sure you’re not eating too much because it’s pretty high in cholesterol.
It’s super simple to just take all but one yolk out of your eggs, too. Without much more effort at all, you’ll save fat and cholesterol. It’s definitely worth it.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, you can’t skip breakfast and you can’t have a half-assed meal to start your day. By doing these few things, you’ll make your breakfast so much healthier without too much-added effort.
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