They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it’s your body’s first exposure to fuel since you ate the night before. Your digestive system is at its peak in the morning, so it’s important to choose your first meal carefully. You want to make sure that you’re giving your body the biggest boost of vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients right as the day begins. So without further ado, here are the best foods to eat first thing in the morning.
To prepare a chick for birth, hens pass tons of vitamins and proteins to their unhatched eggs. Even if those eggs aren’t fertilized, they retain all those vital nutrients, which make them a perfect power-starter for your day. They’re especially beneficial in the morning, as their high levels of protein will help you feel full longer. Be sure to pair your eggs with some sort of carbohydrate for an energy boost.
If you can’t eat eggs due to cardiovascular issues, then yogurt is a good alternative. It’s high in protein and it’s available in a variety of fat levels, from fat-free, to low-fat, to the rich and creamy original. Just be sure that your yogurt doesn’t contain any added sugars. Sweeten your breakfast instead with fresh fruit like bananas or peaches.
Oatmeal is high in whole grains and fiber, and low in fat and sugars. As with yogurt, you should buy oatmeal with no added sugar, and sweeten it yourself with berries or pure maple syrup. To feel full longer, add nuts and dried fruit.
Cereal with Lots of Fruit
No one wants to slave over a hot stove in the summertime, so opt for a bowl of whole-grain cereal in the warm months. Obviously you should steer-clear of sugary children’s brands, but the no-sugar-added, high-fiber varieties are perfect breakfast options. Throw in lots of chopped-up fruit, and top it off with some unsweetened almond milk and walnuts.
If you work out a lot, your body needs extra protein to rebuild muscles. The best time to drink a protein shake is in the morning when your digestive system is empty and primed for absorption. You’ll want to pair your shake with something that is high in fiber (like a papaya or a banana) so that you don’t find yourself hungry in a couple of hours. The great thing about protein shakes is that they’re liquid and easy to absorb.