Research shows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gets your metabolism going, gives you energy for the day, helps you concentrate and, if you eat one of these healthy breakfasts, you will be getting much of your daily requirement of fruit, grains, calcium and protein.
A healthy breakfast includes:
Fruit for their many vitamins and antioxidants – oranges, blueberries, raspberries, pears, apples, grapes, melons are just a few.
Grains for their fibre, protein and B vitamins. Whole grains such as oats, oat bran and low sugar cereals are a great option as is whole grain toast.
Protein is the hidden gem many don’t think about but that your muscles need and your body depends on. Protein keeps you feeling full longer so you don’t fade out mid morning. A breakfast full of protein includes eggs, oatmeal, or greek yogurt.
Calcium builds bones and is so important for young children and older adults as research shows many are not getting enough. Look for fortified orange juices and cereals and include milk, yogurt or cheese into your healthy breakfast.
Top 5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas
These Oatmeal Pancakes are simply the best. Full of oatmeal, milk and banana’s they provide a healthy start to everyones day. They freeze great and can be made ahead, frozen and then popped in the toaster on busy school morning. Add a glass of orange juice and you have a quick healthy breakfast.
Eggs and Toast
Simple yet powerful. Eggs are considered a complete protein as they contain all of the essential amino acids as well as vitamins D, A, B12 and B6. Scramble an egg with 1/3 cup egg whites and shredded cheddar, add a slice of whole grain toast and glass of grapefruit juice and you are set for the morning. Or hard boil eggs ahead of time so you can grab one to go while enjoying your toast and juice on busy mornings.
Make your own or look for a granola without a lot of added sugar, top with greek yogurt and fresh or frozen berries for a healthy breakfast that includes antioxidants, fibre, calcium and protein to start your day.
These Oatmeal Packs makes perfect oatmeal in a hurry every single time. Add in dried apricots, blueberries, raisons, coconut, and almonds to increase the amount of protein and fibre this oatmeal provides. Perfect hot breakfast to send the kids off to school on a cold winter morning.
Start with almond or cows milk, add in fresh or frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, a few spoonfuls of greek yogurt and a scoop of protein powder or natural peanut butter and you will have a complete meal in a glass. For added fibre include pear or a piece of whole grain toast on the side.