Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is the first full meal that you eat after a night’s rest. If you skip breakfast, you will find an energy drain that can have a negative impact on an entire day. Breakfast should provide you with protein and carbohydrates so that you can kick start your day the right way; carbohydrates should have a low glycemic index so that the meal takes longer to digest. It is also crucial not have too much sugar at breakfast as it can cause a sugar high the first thing in the morning and will cause you to have a sugar slump after a few hours, increasing your sugar craving. Here are 11 healthy power-packed breakfast ideas for you:
Mixed whole cereal with milk – a bowl of healthy whole food cereal that you can have with milk, nuts, and fruit is the best breakfast you can have. If you avoid processed cereals, you can make your own oatmeal, but don’t forget to add nuts, fruit (fresh and dry) and seeds to make it a complete breakfast.
Smoothie – use a range of mixed seasonal fruits and blend together with milk or yogurt to have a fast protein-packed breakfast.
Egg and toast – either scramble the egg or boil or poach it or have an egg white omelet and have wholewheat toast or a roll or even a wrap with it. Add some fruit and milk (or yogurt) to make the breakfast a complete and satiating meal.
Toasted sandwich – make a toasted or grilled sandwich with low-fat cottage cheese and tomatoes, along with a bowl of fruit and vegetable salad.
Tortilla – have this with low-fat cheese and some beans, lightly grilled till the cheese melts. You can also add some sliced tomatoes, peppers and sweet corn to this.
Wholewheat muffin – you can have this with a bread spread or peanut butter and add some fruit for more nutrition.
Bagel – low-fat cream cheese and some salad make this a healthy breakfast option.
Leftovers – if you have leftovers in the form of cooked chicken, fish or meat, you can enjoy it with your morning whole-grain toast or in a sandwich. Add some greens for crunch, vitamins, and fiber and have some fruit as well.
Pancakes – make your pancakes with whole-grain flour and enjoy with loads of fruit.
Wholegrain waffles – toast waffles and have lots of fruit for an easy to make breakfast.
Pita – toast the pita and have with hummus and raw vegetables. Or cover with low-fat cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and peppers and broil till cheese has melted to have a kind of pizza.
You can come up with your own ideas for a healthy and power-packed breakfast, making sure that you get the nutrition that you need in the morning. The meal should have sufficient satiety value to carry you till lunch. If you eat well in the morning, you are able to have a productive morning, without having to reach for donuts and coffee!