It’s important to get your diet plan off to a good start each morning. A good, healthy breakfast helps control mid-day hunger cravings, and establishes a pattern of good choices.
If you eat a high calorie breakfast, you start to think the entire day is ruined which can lead to more poor choices throughout the day.
Breakfast is also the most commonly skipped meal, and has the most “poor choices” available due to the marketing appeal of fast and easy meals. There’s dozens of high sugar cereals for you to choose from. Donuts are conveniently sold by the dozen.
Bacon, sausage, pancakes with butter and syrup…
There’s so many ways to ruin your good intentions. Here’s a quick list of foods you absolutely need to keep in stock to make sure you’re eating a breakfast that won’t ruin your day.
Oatmeal is one of the best breakfast choices because it’s quick, easy, has plenty of fiber and doesn’t spike your blood sugar. It’s considered a “slow release” carbohydrate because it isn’t digested as fast as white bread or other foods cooked with white flour. When you eat toasted white bread, or anything with a lot of sugar it effects your insulin levels which plays a vital role in body fat storage.
Protein has proven to provide a greater sense of feeling full, for longer periods of time. Eating a carb heavy breakfast, results in eating more calories because your hunger cravings return quicker compared to a protein rich breakfast.
Peanut Butter On Wheat Bread
Calories: 250 (2 tbsp peanut butter)
Often viewed as a “kid’s food”, since we loved it so much when we were younger. You don’t see too many 30 year olds bragging about how good their peanut butter sandwich was, however. It just falls out of favor as we age. Peanut butter, Almond butter, along with various other nuts have proven beneficial to weight loss and should be included with your diet regardless of age.
Yogurt is easy, convenient and has a good amount of protein in each serving. Instead of getting sweetened yogurt, try using plain yogurt and adding in your favorite fruit or nuts.
Raspberries are low in calories and high in fiber, making it a perfect weight loss choice. Most people aren’t going to want to swallow three cups of raspberries every morning. That would get kind of gross. But sprinkle some of these on a low sugar cereal, on pancakes, oatmeal, or yogurt and you’ll be all set.
Calories: 100/medium banana
Bananas are high in fiber, can satisfy a sweet tooth, and contain a resistant starch that’s beneficial to weight loss. A resistant starch, like those in bananas, is not completely digested which means fewer calories are produced per gram consumed. Adding a sliced banana to wheat toast, in oatmeal, or in low sugar cereal is a good way to curb calories and feel full.