We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Considering that, here is a shortlist of breakfast ideas on what to have for a healthy breakfast:
1.Fruits (bananas, apples, and oranges ) are any time snacks as they are easy to carry and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber and can give you an immediate energy boost.
2. One should always chose fiber rich cereals which are ready to eat and add some berries, nuts or seeds for nutrients.
1 cup of cereal with skimmed milk will provide about 120 calories and 4 grams of protein and 20 grams of fiber.
3. If you want snack food then Cinnamon flavoured instant oatmeal makes a great breakfast meal. However be careful as many such oatmeals may be filled with sugar.You may add handful of nuts and seeds to improve the nutrient quotient. Instant oatmeal provides 120-140 calories plus fiber and protein. Check the labels before buying.
While steel-cut oatmeal is healthier than the instant kind; but you can always chose the latter when you are in a hurry(Though it does not have musch fiber, it has other ingredients that make up for it). If you are using the non-instant oatmeal; add ground flaxseed, frozen blueberries, sliced almonds after microwaving the oatmeal.You can add a little cinnamon and honey (not a lot) That’s four power foods, full of fiber and nutrients and protein and good fats, with only a couple of minutes to prepare.
If you want to lose weight then oatmeal is a great choice. First, it’s packed with fiber which helps you feeling fuller for longer period of time. Second, a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition reported that eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates—such as oatmeal or bran cereal—3 hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat. How? Eating “slow-release” carbohydrates doesn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates (think: white toast). In turn, insulin levels don’t spike as high. Since insulin plays an important role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower blood sugar levels helps you to burn fat.