Delicious and Healthy Breakfast

Delicious Breakfast Meals Your Body Can Rely On

Healthy eating is a noble goal, but it’s not always the easiest one to achieve. If planning out breakfasts is proving to be particularly challenging for you, take a look at some of my mouth-watering breakfast suggestions and insights below.

Why Breakfast Matters

Breakfast MealIf you’re interested in eating healthier, your ultimate goal might be to shed a few unwanted pounds. In that situation, it’s very tempting to skip breakfast to cut down on your overall calorie intake. This is a big mistake! If you spend a full night asleep and then try to power all the way to lunch using last night’s dinner, you’re effectively fasting for 16 hours.

This isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s actually unhealthy. It’ll slow down your metabolism and tempt to satisfy your hunger cravings with unhealthy snacks. You’re also very likely to overeat at lunch, further messing up your metabolism and making you sluggish in the afternoon.

Oatmeal

Breakfast Meal - oatmealAs you’re most probably aware, oatmeal is a terrific way to start your day. It’s filling and it does deliver tons of fiber and healthy carbohydrates which can then turn your body into long-lasting energy. If the blandness is a problem – and it definitely can be – spice things up by baking your oatmeal into muffins! Just add a little sugar to keep them healthy. You can make them more flavorful using vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Top your muffins with fresh-sliced fruit or add dried fruit to the mix before you bake them.

Quiche

If you want to load up on protein for an early morning workout, try baking quiche. This is normally not a breakfast option that works well on the go, but you can miniaturize your quiches by hauling out that trusty muffin tray and baking bite-sized ones. Chop up some fresh vegetables (peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach all work well) and saute them lightly in olive oil before adding them to whisked eggs.

Avocados

Breakfast meal - avocadoAvocados are slowly growing more common on the American breakfast table. If you haven’t tried adding these super foods to your morning menu, consider adding it today and I’m sure you’ll discover something in it that seems addictive. Avocado chunks work great in a wide range of breakfast recipes from omelets to breakfast sandwiches. They deliver dozens of different vitamins and minerals, and they’re an excellent source of healthy fats that really power you through your day.

Fruit Juices

Breakfast meal - juicesAs a general tip, try taking pre-packaged fruit juices off the breakfast table. Although they’re tasty and they have vitamins, they’re also loaded with natural and added sugars. Juice your own fruit if you must take them in liquid form. Another excellent alternative is to munch on fresh sliced fruits instead. They can also impart a sweet, fresh flavor to a host of different breakfast meals.

 

Be super creative in your quest for the perfect healthy breakfast! There’s really no limit to the number of different ingredients and recipes available to you. Anything that delivers the nutrition your body needs without any downside is worth trying. If you strike on a breakfast formula that tastes great too, you’ll make your first meal of the day that is much more enjoyable! You may want to try my fave breakfast recipes from this YouTube star.

Understanding nutiriton facts labels

Understanding Nutrition Facts Labels

There are many people who head to grocery stores every day and grab food without reading labels (I was one of them). This is very unfortunate since it means you are not really aware of what you are putting into your body. While I used to be one of the people who did this, being diagnosed with diabetes changed that for me. I personally chose to rely on a Melbourne nutritionist‘s advice on my food intake┬áthan some sort of medical maintenance. And I’m glad it has been working for me for a year now.

When some people take the time to read labels, they only focus on the fat and calorie content, but there is far more that needs to be taken into consideration. Here are several things you should keep an eye on when looking at nutritional values:

Sodium

Understanding Labels - SodiumEven if you don’t have high blood pressure, you should watch the amount of sodium you consume. While you don’t have to be salt-free, you should try your best not to overdo it. This is particularly important if you are trying to lose weight since salt makes you retain water. The average person should not consume any more than 1500 milligrams each day, so be very careful to avoid foods that have high content of salt.

Carbohydrates

Nutrition labels - carbsIf you are looking to reduce your sugar intake, watching carbs is essential. I used to believe that controlling diabetes was all about avoiding sweets, but carbohydrates have a lot to do with it as well, particularly because they turn into sugar when they are digested. There is nothing wrong with eating carbs as a whole, but watch out for foods that have high amount of it.

Fiber

This is a nutrient that many people do not get enough of. This is very unfortunate for a couple of reasons. The first is the fact that consuming fiber helps regulate your bowel movements, which is essential for good health. The other good thing about fiber is the fullness that people feel when they have enough of it in their systems. The more fiber you eat at each meal, the less likely you are to overeat. When you are reading nutrition labels, keep an eye out for fiber rich foods and stock up.

Nutrition Labels - Fiber

Well…fiber is a hero here

GMOs

Honestly, I am not one of those people who have an aversion to Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs, but there are many who do. If by any chance you’d prefer not to eat food that has been genetically modified, you will have to read nutrition labels carefully. While some products indicate that they are GMO-free on the front of the package, there are some you will have to study a bit harder in order to find the information you are looking for. If you cannot find any information that indicates no GMOs are added, you are better off seeking out another product.

Nutrition LabelsTake my Word for it

While there are many other factors you might need to consider when reading nutrition facts, these are the most common things people should keep an eye on. The next time you are in the grocery store picking up a few things, you should read the labels before you randomly toss things in your cart and head to the checkout line. The road to a healthier diet starts from a knowledge like this.