Sunday, June 26, 2011
Super breakfast boosters
Have you seen some people when they get up in the morning? They are absolutely comatose before their first cup of coffee. Instead of all the caffeine, how about some other morning boosters that give you the energy and focus you need to start the day right?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's been, for some, almost 12 hours since your last meal. And, you want to make the most of your breakfast to get you going.
Your body needs fuel to get moving in the morning. Breakfast revs up your metabolism and also gives nutrients. To that end what you choose for breakfast is also crucial.
Here’s a tip: Avoid sugary foods at breakfast. Remember what happens when you eat a candy bar for a boost in the afternoon? You feel good like the Energizer Bunny for about an hour and then you sink into the floor. The bottom drops out and you are more sluggish than you were before.
This is what can happen in the morning. You don’t want to run out of steam midmorning when you are just getting going. Besides, sugary foods set up a vicious cycle. The more sugar you eat, the more your body wants. Examples: donuts, cookies, high-fat muffins, candy bars, Danish pastries, sugary cereals and the like.
Here are better ideas for your morning nutrition. And, they provide the boost you need. In fact, choosing carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index slowly break down throughout the morning to give you a constant source of energy without sugar spikes.
Fruit and grains – Both of these are antioxidant super foods. What does that mean? They help the body fight the signs of aging as well as boost the immune system and help your heart. This is all in addition to providing a great fuel source. Create a fruit parfait with berries, low-fat yogurt, and granola or rolled oats. You get the crunchy, the sweet and the nutritious.
Omelets – There’s a lot of good stuff here. You can add chopped spinach (Florentine), sliced or diced veggies, lean cubed meats and low-fat cheese to your eggs to create a power breakfast that is sure to get you through the morning. If you are short on time, combine the ingredients together the night before so all you have to do is spoon them into the omelet during cooking.
Hot cereal – This is your farina (Cream of Wheat), grits and oatmeal. Use Stevia to add sweetness without empty calories. Also, throw in a few super food berries (blueberries, strawberries) and some raw almonds or walnuts for a more complete meal. It is a hot meal that satisfies.
If you are one of those people who isn’t hungry first thing in the morning, eat something small like a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter or a bowl of fruit.
Mix up a nutritious smoothy especially if you're in a pinch for time. You can take it with you. Throw some almond milk, berries and banana or mango in a blender. Add some spinach or kale and some protein powder and hit the button. Instant nutritious breakfast with only the blender to clean!
So what are your breakfast boosters?