Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, a healthy breakfast is vital to any diet plan. In fact, the morning meal is often considered the most important meal of the day. The Mayo Clinic explains that “a healthy breakfast refuels your body, jump-starts your day and may even benefit your overall health.” Whether you have time to enjoy breakfast at home or must eat on the run, there are a variety of healthy diet breakfast ideas to enjoy.
On the Go
You can eat a healthy breakfast even if you have to eat in the car, on the train or while walking to work or school. Fresh fruit is not only an easy breakfast option, but it also provides fiber and a variety of vitamins. If you are eating on the run, choose fruits that are simple to eat, such as an apple, pear, banana or grapes. Add protein to your fruit-filled breakfast by munching on a handful of walnuts or almonds. Although most healthy diets discourage packaged and/or processed foods, eating healthy versions of these foods is a better option than skipping breakfast altogether. If you cannot enjoy a fresh breakfast, opt for a low-fat and high-fiber granola bar, bran muffin or dry cereal mix.
Quick and Easy
Get your fill of fiber with a warm bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit and nuts. Rather than preparing it with water, use skim milk for the added calcium. If the texture of oatmeal doesn’t suit you, opt for a bowl of high-fiber cereal instead. Avoid sprinkling sugar on top, and instead use fresh fruit to sweeten the cereal.
Trade in the cereal for a breakfast of whole grain bread, such as toast or waffles. Add some protein to the dish by spreading peanut butter on top. For a lighter dish, top toast or waffles with nonfat cottage cheese and peaches or berries.
Mix together a bowl of creamy Greek yogurt and fresh fruit for a simple breakfast parfait. Although you should choose the fruits you most enjoy, strawberries, bananas, blueberries and peaches work exceptionally well in this type of dish. If you prefer a straw to a spoon, toss the Greek yogurt and fruit into a blender along with some ice for a refreshing smoothie.
With their high protein content, eggs are a popular and often recommended breakfast food. However, the egg yolks contain a high amount of cholesterol, so plan to eat just one yolk per day. Mix three egg whites with tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and low-fat cheddar cheese for a healthy breakfast omelet. Make a poached egg sandwich with a whole grain bagel, spinach and tomato slice. Give the dish a southwestern feel by wrapping scrambled eggs inside a tortilla with salsa, black beans and low-fat cheddar cheese.
If you have time to enjoy your breakfast at home, indulge in fruits that take a bit of time and patience to eat. For example, peel an orange or dig into a kiwi for a refreshing morning treat. Give grapefruit an interesting spin by drizzling honey on top and broiling it in the oven for a few minutes.
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