Breakfast is often labeled as the 'most important meal of the day', yet so many individuals skip out on eating anything at all. A wholesome meal to 'break the fast" provides energy, increases your metabolism and can also aid weight loss. According to registered dietician, Emily Loghmani, writing for Yahoo Health, "The calories in foods eaten earlier in the day are processed more efficiently than those in foods eaten at night." So, whether you enjoy savory eggs and bacon or a simple bowl of oatmeal and fruit, start your day with some nutritious options.
Heart Healthy Oatmeal
Oatmeal has long been a breakfast favorite and it can be prepared in a variety of ways. The traditional bowl of oatmeal topped with your favorites such as brown sugar or fruit provides complex carbohydrates and energy for the workday ahead. Oat pancakes are also another sweet option to rev up your metabolism. Health.com provides numerous recipes including blueberry oat pancakes, which blend old fashion oats, low-fat cottage cheese and Greek yogurt for a protein-packed punch.
Incredible Edible Eggs
Eggs are another breakfast delight and whether you choose to fry, bake, scramble or boil them, you can guarantee to please even the toughest critic. Fitnessmagazine.com lists nine easy egg recipes including eggs ole, Mexican scramble, egg-white muffin melt and huevos rancheros. Eggs are so versatile and can be dressed up any way you'd like. Throw in leftover chicken and vegetables or ground beef and cheese for a taco scramble. Or put it all in a tortilla for an easy-to-eat breakfast burrito. The egg recipes are endless and can make breakfast an adventure every time.
On the Go
We all know time is scarce in the mornings and you may be lucky if you are able to grab something on your way out of the door. Thankfully, there are many grab-and-go options including plain, low-fat yogurt, which is packed with protein to keep your appetite at bay. You don't have to sacrifice flavor even when you are crunched for time. Add granola, fresh fruit or protein powder to satisfy those taste buds. Or simply throw it all in a blender and make a savory smoothie in seconds flat.
Sausage, bacon, eggs and skillet fried potatoes still hold a special place in the heart of breakfast lovers. These traditional favorites are easily made and can be whipped up a variety of ways. Breakfast sandwiches made with bacon, ham and cheese are sure to delight. Lighten them up by incorporating turkey bacon, whole wheat toast and low-fat cheese. Or create a breakfast skillet with your favorite choice of meat and eggs. Biscuits and gravy are always sure to please and are great for feeding large groups of people. Make your own biscuits using oat flour and substitute regular sausage with extra lean pork for a healthier option. Breakfast is the platform of your day, so take a few extra moments in the morning to start it off right.