Healthy Foods to Start Your Day
Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle
We have heard it before; breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Starting your day with a healthy diet that provides you with the right nutrients to help your body get a kick start is a good choice.
“A healthy breakfast should be a variety of foods like whole grains, low-fat protein or dairy sources, and fruit,” says Andrea Gorman, MS, RD, manager of clinical nutrition at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.
Here a few recommended, healthy foods that can help get your day started right:
1. Healthy Cereal – Start with a high fiber cereal and add bananas, low-fat milk or plain yogurt or sprinkle on a little granola. You will be getting fiber, protein, calcium and potassium.
2. Berries – Another possibility for breakfast is berries and low-fat Greek-style yogurt with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds. How good does that sound!
3. Nutrition To Go – Smoothies are a great and healthy on the go way to start your morning.
4. Get a good “warm-up” – Susan B. Roberts, PhD, author of The Instinct Diet and professor of nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University in Boston, recommends hot cereal: Microwave 1/4 cup each of instant oatmeal and coarse wheat bran with a cup of 1 percent milk.
5. Eggs – You can mix it up by mixing one whole egg with one egg white, some whole wheat toast and fruit and you are good to go.
6. Burritos – Egg whites, low carb, whole wheat wraps, low fat salsa & sour cream with just a sprinkle of cheese and you have got a healthy and nutritious breakfast.
7. Cottage Cheese – Mixed with fruit or nuts is a good source of calcium and high in protein.
8. Ham – Yes, ham! Two slices of lean Canadian bacon with one whole egg and one egg white scrambled, and a half of grapefruit and you have got a meal full of protein, fiber, and vitamin C.
9. Veggies – Add some vegetables like broccoli or spinach in your eggs.
10. Whole Grain – Whole-grain English muffins with peanut butter and sliced fruit like apples or pears, along with a glass of milk, can be filling while providing protein and calcium.