3 Power Breakfasts
Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy a.m. meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.
You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein. Here are a couple good options:
1. Steel cut oats.
They contain something called beta-glucan. This is a special type of fiber that been proven to lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Rolled pays do not have the same effect. Want another reason to chow on oatmeal this morning? It is also rich omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium, which are all heart healthy ingredients.
Steel-cut oats take a bit longer to cook, contain more fiber than rolled oats or instant varieties, but any type of oatmeal is a healthy choice. Just avoid the flavored kinds! These can be packed with sugar! Instead, sweeten your bowl with milk and a bit of honey, and top with fruit and nuts. Yummy!
2. Greek Yogurt:
Tangy, is one way to describe, and let's be honest, as far as "plain" flavor goes,gross is another! However, hear me out. Greek yogurt, super creamy and rock, is loaded with calcium and packed with buku protein—nearly twice as much as regular yogurt—to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: Choose a plain, nonfat variety, but then add some fruit, honey or agave nectar, and a touch of granola to give it some sweetness and flavor (and a dose of added nutrition). Don't over do the granola or carbs spot through the roof. Keep it mainly protein. ;)
3. Wheat Germ:
Have you wheat germed? Haaha. Odd behave but you know what I mean, it's been ages since I have. My dad used to cook it up for us as kids, I know it was jam packed with butter and some salt but there was good stuff going on as well. Wheat germ
A little wheat germ goes a long way. Just two tablespoons provides about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and 10% of your daily folate. Vitamin E is often sparce in our diets, so this is a good way to add in some Vit E love.
It's easy to incorporate wheat germ into almost any meal, including your go-to breakfasts: Sprinkle it over cereal, stir it into yogurt, or mix it into a smoothie. Ok, it's officially on my shopping list!