The start of a New Year always brings with it exciting new resolutions promising to transform your body into a lean, mean, fit machine. Months after you’ve packed away the tinsel, these resolutions tend to be swept under the rug along with the remnants of that new year bash. But sticking to your health resolutions needn’t be so tough and kicking off your day with a healthy, balanced breakfast is a simple place to start.
As the most important meal of the day, your breakfast should give you the energy you need to jump-start your work day. It’s been shown that people who eat breakfast are leaner than those who do not. But do not make the mistake of filling up on sugary and carb-loaded options for an instant energy boost instead of foods that will sustain you through a busy morning.
Here are the top 10 best healthy foods to make sure you get the most from your breakfast:
Oats contain beta-glucan, a fibre which can help to lower cholesterol. They are also rich in Omega-3, folate and potassium. Steel-cut oats contain more fibre than normal oats, but all oats are a great choice for a healthy breakfast. Sweeten your oats with a little honey and fresh fruits instead of reaching for the flavoured varieties.
2. Greek yoghurt:
This creamy yoghurt boasts a high protein content – more so than normal yoghurts – and is also full of natural fibre, which means that it will keep you fuller for longer. It is also naturally low G.I. Greek yoghurt is versatile, and can be dressed up with fresh fruits and honey or mixed into a breakfast smoothie.
Eating half a grapefruit before a meal has been shown to lead to faster weight-loss, due to the natural fat-burning qualities of the fruit – so it is a great breakfast choice for those who are dieting! Grapefruit is also naturally hydrating and filling, and it is also packed with powerful antioxidants.
These yellow fruits are packed with healthy resistant starch, a carbohydrate that helps you to feel fuller for longer. Bananas also contain potassium, which is known for lowering blood pressure, and are fantastic natural energy boosters.
Eggs used to get a bad rap for having high cholesterol, but this has changed over the years. Eggs are a great breakfast staple, as they are rich in protein and nutrients. These incredible edibles are also filling because of their protein content, meaning you will be full until lunchtime after an eggy breakfast.
These tiny super-fruits pack a powerful punch, as they are full of antioxidants and can improve memory, motor skills and will improve your metabolism. Blueberries are also much lower in calories than other fruits, containing as little as 80 calories per cup!
Kiwis contain almost as much Vitamin C as an orange, and have more potassium and fibre than a banana, which makes them a great digestive aid. Eating a kiwi along with other fruits will keep you fuller for longer.
8. Whole wheat bread:
Carbohydrates are a breakfast staple, but it is important to choose the right kinds of carbohydrates for your morning meal. Whole wheat and other whole grains contain more fibre and nutrients than their white counterparts, which makes them the better choice for toast.
Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants but are very low in calories. They also have a high fibre content, which means they are great to add to a bowl of oats or simply eat on their own. They can also improve your metabolism and lower blood sugar levels.
These little seeds are full of viscous fibre, which can make you feel fuller for several hours after eating them. They can also improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels, making them a perfect addition to any weight-loss diet. Be sure to grind them, as whole flaxseeds can pass through our system undigested.