6 Outside the Box Breakfast Ideas
Thursday, December 31, 2015
As a source of whole grains and fiber, some cereals can’t be beat. And when paired with milk, you get an additional 16 essential nutrients including protein, calcium and vitamin D.
But too many people start their days with a bowl of cereal made from refined flour and packed with a whole lot of sugar. It tastes good, but it probably won’t sustain you all morning.
Begin your day instead with a good combination of foods that contain fiber and protein. These 2 nutrients help fill you up and keep you going all morning. Include vegetables, fruit, whole grains and a high-protein food such as milk, yogurt, nuts or eggs. For cereal, pick one with fewer than 6 grams of sugar and at least 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Here are some winning ideas:
- Oatmeal made with skim or low-fat milk, instead of water, and fruit
- Nut butter and banana wrapped in a whole-grain tortilla
- Yogurt parfait: whole-grain cereal, yogurt and fruit
- Corn tortillas rolled with black beans, tomato and reduced-fat cheddar cheese
- Scrambled eggs on whole-grain toast with raw vegetables
- Whole-grain rye crackers with hummus
A heavy breakfast that’s mostly comprised of fat (bacon, butter) and refined flour and sugar (white toast, pancakes, donuts, pastries) will leave you feeling sluggish by mid-morning. That’s not the ideal way to start your day. Current research shows that breakfast eaters have better memory and concentration skills, better nutrient intake for the day overall, and are better able to stay at a healthy weight than those who skip breakfast. Now that’s food for thought.