How often do we find ourselves in a rut with food?
Choosing a 90-calorie breakfast bar or 100-calorie yogurt cup may seem like a calorie-concious choice but an ultra-low calorie breakfast will backfire if you're already hungry again by the time you get to work. A more substantial breakfast of 300-500 well-chosen calories will get you a lot further and cut down on unplanned mid-morning snacking.
Cereal, fruit, whole grain toast can be part of your breakfast, if you want, but they shouldn't be all of it. Adding some protein will help keep you full, boost your metabolism (a little), and help you hold onto that lean muscle tissue. Spread your toast with peanut butter in addition to jelly. Top half a bagel with salmon. Add a scoop of protein powder or tofu to your smoothie. Cook an egg into your oatmeal. (Here's how) Switch from regular to Greek yogurt.
American breakfast staples like sweetened cereals, fruit-flavored yogurts, and milkshake-like coffee drinks contain so much added sugar that you can exceed the recommended daily maxmimum for added sugars before your eyes are even fully open.
Starting your day with a big dose of sugar is a great way to sabotage your appetite and energy for the rest of the day. If you eat cereal, look for ones with a minimum of added sugar. Select plain yogurt. Add sliced fruit for a nutrient-dense touch of sweetness. .
One of the reasons that many people struggle to get 5 servings of vegetables a day is that they don't start until dinner time! Why not start with breakfast?
Enjoy a veggie omelet or frittata, pile some salsa onto your scrambled eggs, or a few slices of tomato on your bagel. Have vegetable juice instead of orange juice or add some spinach to your smoothie.
Healthy fats like those in avocado can help boost the absorption of nutrients from vegetables. (Plus, they're delicious).Throw some avocado into your green smoothie or add a couple of slices to your salmon and tomato bagel. Sprinkle some walnuts or toasted flaxseeds on your oatmeal.
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