Many nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; starting your morning with a healthy, balanced meal jumpstarts your metabolism, helps you maintain your energy level, and reduces cravings and binging. The key word here is balanced. If you eat a sugary, carb-laden breakfast, it’s likely that you will be hungry for lunch earlier than you would if you had consumed a protein-packed meal. Here we list four delicious, balanced breakfast choices that are sure to power you through your day:
- Greek Yogurt with Fruit: Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is low in calories and packed with calcium and probiotics. With almost double the protein and half the sugar content of regular yogurt, Greek yogurt will leave you feeling fuller longer. Mix in your favorite fruits. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are packed with antioxidants, high in fiber and low in calories.
- Oatmeal with Almonds: Oatmeal has been shown to lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, protect the heart, and stabilize blood sugar, a property that promotes consistent energy levels. Oatmeal is also known for helping you feel full longer. Almonds have many health benefits and experts say they can aid in weight loss.
- Vegetable Scramble: To make this incredibly easy dish, cut up your favorite vegetables, sauté them in olive oil over medium heat, add eggs and scramble. Vegetables help prevent spikes and lulls in blood sugar levels, which keeps your appetite in check. Further, eggs are packed with protein to keep you full. Skip the cheese and butter, but feel free to add a side of salsa for an extra kick.
- Bagel with Tomato and Avocado: For a twist on the classic bagel and cream cheese breakfast, choose a whole wheat version and top it with tomato and avocado instead. Avocados are a great source of protein and “good” fat, and tomatoes are packed with carotenoids, which have potent antioxidant properties.
Maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of healthy longevity. At Home Care Assistance, our professional caregivers are trained in a holistic approach to in-home care with culinary training in healthy meal preparation based on our Comfort Foods Cookbook.