Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. After spending hours laying in bed and resetting your system, you need to pack your body with nutrients to take on a new day. Here is a list of foods that make a real breakfast of champions.
Fiber! Fiber! Fiber! You need fiber in the mornings, and oatmeal will give it to you! The specific fiber in oatmeal is called beta-glucan. This fiber reduces cholesterol and leaves you feeling full. Oatmeal is also packed with potassium, folate, and omega 3 fatty acids. Oatmeal is something that, if eaten over time, will improve your over all health.
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Protein is an essential to your everyday diet. Protein provides you with energy and restores your muscles. Getting the appropriate amount of protein daily is important to having a healthy, functioning, and strong body. According to Authority Nutritions, “Studies have shown eating eggs at breakfast increases feelings of fullness, reduces calorie intake at the next meal and helps maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels (1, 2, 3).” Other benefits to eating eggs in the morning include antioxidants that improve the health or your eyes and keep you from overeating due to the fact that eggs promote the feeling of fullness without overloading on calories. Although eggs have previously been given a bad wrap for being a cholesterol monster, new studies have shown that “the cholesterol in our food has less of an impact on blood cholesterol than previously thought”, according to Health.com
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Berries & Fruit
What you eat in the morning has a high impact on how you feel for the rest of your day. Berries and fruit are one of the best additions to your breakfast. Those little berries make a BIG impact on your immune system and heart health. Berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants you can get your hands on. Those pretty jewels reduce inflammation, keep blood cells healthy, and improve your digestive health. Additionally, fruit will help give you all the vitamins your body needs in one serving. An orange can fulfill all your vitamin C requirements for the day, and bananas can give you a large amount of the potassium.
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If you are feeling a little “loose in the cage” and miss that six pack you had when you were sixteen, eating greek yogurt may get you back to where you use to be. Greek Yogurt increases your metabolism, is a super probiotic, and reduces your appetite. An increased metabolism makes you burn calories faster which can lead to weight loss and probiotics keep your digestive system’s activity regular. Think about adding Greek yogurt to your cart the next time your visit the grocery store.
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Green Tea is known to be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet earth. It keeps you alert, increases your metabolism, reduces blood sugar, and is packed with antioxidants. This is a great alternative to energy drinks and coffee.
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