It is time to start your mornings off right, really hit the ground running and what a better way than having a delicious and nutritious breakfast! These great recipe suggestions from Cooking Light illustrate the variety you can enjoy when you wake up, giving you that extra boost you have been looking for. It doesn't matter what type of breakfast person you are, there is something here for everyone: muffins, smoothies, cereals, sandwiches, burritos, waffles and more!
A few tips for breakfast:
- Probably the most important thing: DON"T SKIP IT!! Against some beliefs that skipping those morning calories will help you lose weight in the long run, skipping breakfast actually puts your body in starvation mode. When you finally do eat your body will immediately and frantically store all of those calories as fat reserves since you have scared it into thinking it may never get to eat again! Eating breakfast actually jump starts your metabolism for the day, burning your daily calories in a more consistent way.
- Eating breakfast is not only good for our body's overall health but our mind's as well. Skipping breakfast starves your body (see above) and your thoughts, causing your body to go into overdrive. This overdrive process dips into energy that is reserved for your brain and where it could be spent performing daily tasks like processing information (thinking), it is stuck being used to make sure you can move your limbs and be mobile. Common side effects of mind starvation include feeling tired or irritable. Make sure to feed your brain the in morning too!
- I cannot emphasize Whole Grains enough. Whole grains, literally whole in form and unaltered, supply your body with long term energy and calorie burning potential. Your taste buds may have to adjust to the richer, often nuttier, taste but they along with the rest of your body will thank you in the long run!
- Breakfast is a great way to eat a serving of fruit (or two!) for the day. Dried fruits are a great option mentioned numerous times in the article below (you can always substitute your favorite dried fruits instead of the ones suggested.) Fruits have necessary and complex carbohydrates that help us regulate our blood sugar as they burn slowly over the course of your day. Eating fruit in the morning might preemptively satisfy those mid-morning sugar cravings before they even begin!
- If you live an active lifestyle, incorporate more eggs into your morning meal. Active and in a hurry? Make up a batch of breakfast burritos on Sunday, roll them up and stick them in your freezer. Pop them into the toaster oven before you head off for your day and eat them on the run!
For a great selection of recipes, click on the link below. Enjoy!