Devour Some Steel Cut Oatmeal
Are you a cereal lover? Don’t get me wrong, I used to LOVE a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles in the morning, but then, after learning a lot more about nutrition, I quickly realized that cereal is packed full of useless calories. There is little to no nutrition in every box, not to mention that most cereals are loaded with sugar, artificial dyes and GMO’s.
Steel cut oatmeal is a MUCH better choice for breakfast and it’s even called a ‘super food’ by some. Just 1/4 cup of dry oats is packed full of 7 grams of protein, 2 grams of insoluble fiber, a load of B vitamins and Iron. Steel cut oats are better for you than rolled oats, due to the way they are processed.
Bored with the taste of oatmeal? Head over to Pinterest to check out some great ideas to add to your oats, like berries, peanut butter or sliced bananas!
Bonus: Because steel cut oatmeal takes longer for your body to digest and break down, you’ll feel fuller for longer.
Channel Your Inner Chef & Make a Vegetable Omelet
I know it’s not always easy to cook breakfast in the morning, but your health is important! Start your day with a veggie omelet, but be careful not to put a pound of cheese in there, or you’ll likely defeat the whole purpose.
I’m also a big fan of veggie scrambles with eggs and hot sauce, to mix things up a bit. Do be sure to watch the seasonings you put in, as excess salt can also send what was once a healthy breakfast, right down the drain.
Having trouble finding the time to cook breakfast every day? Meal prep! Take an hour or two on Sunday to prepare your breakfast (and other meals) for the coming week ahead. You’ll save time and ensure that you have healthy options to eat every single day.
Blend Up a Fruit Smoothie
Ditch that processed fruit juice for a smoothie instead! Processed fruit juice is one of the MOST unhealthy breakfast items that most people think is good for them (sorry, Sunny D- you DON’T have solar energy). If you have a juicer at home and are making a fruit/veggie juice combo, then that is more than ok. It’s the store bought fruit juices that do the damage, packing in as much sugar as a Coca-Cola! Swap the fruit juice and have a real piece of fruit or, better yet, make a smoothie!
Mixing one piece of fruit with some vegetables, coconut/almond milk and ice is a great way to start the day. My go-to-morning smoothie is one banana, 1 cup coconut milk, ice, a handful of kale and half an avocado. Throw in some vanilla vegan protein powder to make it extra delish! YUM!
Say Goodbye to Regular Yogurt & Hello to Greek Yogurt!
Many regular yogurts are packed with sugar and artificial colors and flavors. Yikes! The average regular yogurt has 20 grams of sugar compared to Greek, having just around 5g.
Greek yogurt is full of protein, calcium and probiotics. Be sure to get PLAIN Greek yogurt to avoid additional sugar. Cut up a banana or throw in a few berries for some real, natural sugars.
Make Hard Boiled Eggs Your New Best Friend
I know it’s SO easy to just grab a protein bar in the morning when you’re in a hurry, but most bars are PACKED with sugar and artificial ingredients. These additional ingredients include artificial colors, sweeteners, dyes and high-fructose corn syrup. Yikes!
It’s better to just cook up a few eggs or, if you’re always the person that is in a hurry, hard boil a bunch on Sunday to have ready for the week ahead.
Bye Bye Bagels…Hello Whole Grain Toast
Of course, I’m a HUGE bagel lover. The struggle is REAL, but I know that consuming them regularly isn’t good for my health. Swap out those bagels, muffins and other pastries for some whole grain bread.
Whole grain bread provides much more nutrients than white bread because it is less refined and processed. Spread some honey on it to sweeten it up, or smash up an avocado and top it with an egg for a delicious and healthy way to start your day. After all, avocado toast is all the rage these days!
Bananas and Berries, Oh My!
Ditch the granola bars, cereals and bagels and just eat some real fruit instead! Top it off with a dollop of Green yogurt and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success.
Of course, be conscious about the amount of fruit you are consuming. Don’t consume it in excess, just because it’s healthy. All in moderation, my friends.
Black Coffee, Yes Please!
Do you love all those sugary coffee drinks from Starbucks? If you’re trying to lose weight or live a healthier life, then it’s time to send them sailing! I literally had a heart attack when I found out that some of their Frappuccino’s contain 68 grams of sugar! One Krispy Kreme donut contains 12.6 grams of sugar, so one Frappuccino is like drinking almost 6 donuts! Even a cappuccino has 10g of sugar and the cafe late 18g.
My go-to morning coffee is black with a tablespoon of coconut oil to start the day! Great for your metabolism!
There you have it! 8 Simple ways to start your day off on a healthy note! Here’s to living a healthier and happier life! Which one will you choose tomorrow?
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