Start your day off right with a healthy, filling breakfast! Yes, mornings can be hectic, but research shows that eating breakfast not only helps improve concentration but may also keep the weight off. Skipping breakfast may seem like a logical way to keep up with your calorie count and weight loss, but usually, just the opposite happens. Researchers have found that eating breakfast can reduce hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, your snack attack can go into full gear — causing you to reach for unhealthy options like candy bars or potato chips.
So, what are some healthy breakfast options to start your day off right? The American Dietetic Association recommends a healthy breakfast consisting of a variety of foods, especially high-fiber and nutrient-rich whole grains, fruits and dairy products. Fruits and dairy are an important source of vitamins and minerals while whole grains provide fiber. A breakfast that is high in fiber can help you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Incorporating Fresh & Free Additions into your menu is a great way to eat more food, feel fuller longer and add nutrients with fewer calories.
Wanna know the best news? You can enjoy a healthy breakfast while eating on the go in just a few minutes.To save time in the morning, do some preparation the night before. Fill storage bags or plastic containers with individual servings of your favorite fruits like apples, orange slices and berries and put them in the refrigerator next to your six-ounce container of non-fat yogurt. If you are really short on time, you can pick up pre-sliced fruit at your local grocery store. In the morning grab a nutrition bar and your ready-made fruit and yogurt and hit the road with a nutritious breakfast in a snap! The yogurt provides your body with protein, the fruit provides vitamins and minerals and the bar is a great source of carbohydrates to give you energy.Parfaits and smoothies make great, quick and easy breakfast options. For a delicious on-the-go parfait add your favorite low-calorie, low-fat cereal to a container and layer with yogurt and berries.Smoothies are quick, delicious breakfast ideas that can easily be made the night before and left in the fridge overnight — helping you stick to nutrition and save time. Freeze some fresh fruit, such as berries, in a freezer storage bag. Blend the frozen fruit with nonfat milk until smooth and pour it into a spill-proof to-go cup.There are endless possibilities when making smoothies— so experiment with fresh, seasonal fruits and different cereals to add variety to your mornings.Cold cereal travels well in the morning. Rather than eating your cereal at home, put it in a reusable plastic container, put nonfat milk and fruit in a separate container and pop it in a cooler with freezer packs until you're ready to enjoy it.