As we kick off National Nutrition Month, we want to talk about one of the most important meals of the day, breakfast. Most of us want to rush out of the house to get where we need to go, however this meal is one you truly you should never skip. Here are 4 nutritional breakfast foods that will help jump-start your day.
Both the white and yolk of an egg are rich in nutrients, proteins, vitamins and minerals, fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. High levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol can raise your risk for heart disease and stroke. Egg yolk contains HDL “good” cholesterol that helps offset the bad. High levels of HDL cholesterol may lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. Eggs are also rich in nutrients, they contain all nine essential amino acids our bodies can only obtain from our diet, and are packed with protein to start the day right. Eggs also make us feel fuller which may prevent snacking on unhealthy sugars and fats before lunch. Easily prepare an egg on the stove top, enjoy them hard boiled or my favorite poached.
Fruit is packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, and crucial phytonutrients that contribute to healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Because they are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, they can help promote a stronger immune system. Fruit is high in fiber making it easy to digest, and produces natural sugars the body needs to wake up. As long as it is eaten in moderation, you can really do no harm when it comes to eating fruit. Find your favorite and enjoy it literally anywhere.
Nuts can provide key proteins, nutrients, good fats, antioxidants, aid in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and may help you live longer. Like eggs, many nuts contain unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and bitamin E that help with promoting healthy cholesterol levels. If you cannot find the time to prepare breakfast, a handful of nuts will help keep you going in the morning.
Learn more: healthline.com: 8 Health Benefits of Nuts
Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth, they are rich in vitamins and minerals, fiber, and carbs, but also higher in fat than most other grains. Oats contain many powerful antioxidants, including avenanthramides. These compounds may help in the maintenance of healthy blood pressure and provide other benefits. You can cook oatmeal on your stove top, or in your microwave. “Overnight Oats” are also popular. Check out this tasty recipe from lifemadesweet.com below.
If you do eat in the morning, make sure to start your day off right by fueling your body with healthy and nutrient-dense foods. If you can’t find the time to enjoy breakfast, just make sure you are eating a healthy diet throughout the day.