Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for the day and promotes weight maintenance and weight loss by maintaining blood glucose levels and our metabolism. Hence, it is important to check what goes in our tummy before we are off to start our day.
Eating healthy is more important than simply eating. Here’s how you can do breakfast the right way:
Eat your yolks!
Although many fitness enthusiasts suggest eating only the white part of the egg to avoid getting fat, it is essential to consume the egg yolk as well. Egg yolks are rich in vitamins A, D, E and K as well as omega 3s (fatty acids) and good cholesterol which contributes to eye and brain health. And if you’re concerned about the calories, one egg yolk has only about 50 calories.
Choose your cereals wisely as most processed cereals are loaded with sugar and chemicals marketed as healthy but, in fact, are not. Pick cereals such as porridge, muesli and bran flakes, which are a better option than most sweetened cornflakes. So, whether you pour the milk first and then the cereal or vice versa, make sure you are putting the right nutrition in your bowl.
Mornings are a time where we rush to go out to work, but doing so we also rush with our breakfast. We end up starving before lunchtime, and to counter this, we buy protein powders to supplement the energy we need for the day, but it is advised to take them only if you regularly work out.
Say NO to processed juices
Like most sugar coated cereals, packaged juices are loaded with sugar and undergo pasteurization which depletes the nutrients you can otherwise get from natural, fresh juice made at home. Natural juices are rich in nutrients and promote growth and development, providing energy and protecting your body against oxidation.
Do you own research
Don’t believe anything your grandmother says. Do a background check as to why a particular food item is good for your health or rather if it is really good for your health. There are many myths and rumours about nutrition out there so verify your facts.
There you go. These are some of the measures you can take before putting things into your mouth. Remember, you are what you eat – eat smart!