Do you get moody and tired throughout the day? Do you try to save calories by skipping breakfast, but then find that you eat non-stop at the end of the day? Do you often rush out the door with no time for a healthy breakfast? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are doing yourself a disservice. Whether you are trying to lose weight or just want more energy during the day, breakfast should be a part of your diet or meal plan.
Mom Approved, Backed by Science
Your mom probably told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day when you were growing up, and it turns out science backs her up. Numerous studies have shown when you eat breakfast, your energy levels go up, your mood is better, and you eat less over the course of the day. Eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast can contribute significantly to your overall quality of life.
However, not only is eating breakfast important, what you eat is also important. Eating a doughnut and coffee, a Danish, or a bowl of sugary cereal for breakfast sets your body up to crave more sugar during the rest of the day. So that begs the question, what exactly is a nutritious breakfast?
Anatomy of a Healthy Breakfast
A healthy, nutritious breakfast should consist a serving of protein, a high quality whole grain, and 1 to 2 fruits or vegetables. Following this formula will keep you feeling satisfied and fuller longer, while also giving you the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need to start your day right. Also include a small amount of healthy fat in your daily breakfast—safflower oil, olive oil, nuts, butter, or avocado—to help your body absorb vitamins and minerals.
Think real, fresh foods such as:
- Eggs, either scrambled or hard boiled
- Vegetables such as spinach or tomatoes
- Steel-cut or long-cooking oats with fruit
- Whole-wheat pancakes with steel-cut oats and ground flax seed added to boost the nutrition
- Yogurt, with probiotics to improve your immune system
If you are short on time, a diet food delivery plan brought fresh to your door can give you the head start you need to begin your day. DeliverLean provides meals made of whole, fresh ingredients to help power up your day. And once you begin to add a healthy breakfast to your morning routine, you’ll quickly notice its impact on your productivity, mood, and energy throughout the day.