It’s common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it revs up your metabolism and keeps you going until lunch. Toast and jam or sugary cereal are far from being your best options for a healthy and filling meal though, with higher protein meals being best for filling you up and keeping you going until lunch without being tempted to head for the office vending machine.
Try these five delicious options to start your day with a bang…
Omelettes are a quick and easy way to add a protein punch to your diet at the same time as using up the veggies you have in the fridge for an injection of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You could also add gruyere cheese for extra flavour and to up the protein content still further. You can find plenty of different healthy omelette recipes here
Greek yogurt parfait
With almost twice the protein of regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is a fantastic way to sub in more protein to your morning meal. However, the pre-packaged, flavoured varieties are almost always packed with sugar so the best way to get the best out of this nutritious food is to use 2% or 0% plain yogurt and dress it up yourself with whatever you fancy – try kiwi and mango for vitamin C, or strawberries and plain chocolate shavings for an antioxidant boost. little secret – yogurt shrinks your belly! For more ideas, click here
Nut butter and fruit toast
Your alarm didn’t go off, you can’t find your keys and the shirt you want to wear needs ironing -you don’t have time for anything fancy, but you can still enjoy a healthy breakfast on the run by smearing some nut butter on a piece of wholegrain toast and topping it with some fresh fruit. The healthy fats in the nut butter will work with the protein to satisfy those hunger pangs, and the fruit will count towards your five a day.
For those of you who like to be super organised, here is an option which can be made in advance. Healthy breakfast burritos can be frozen in batches ready to be nuked in the microwave whenever you need one fast. Packed with protein and fibre, this recipe is a good place to start, but you can get creative and add any healthy ingredients you have in the fridge.
Not everyone feels up to a solid meal in the morning , and the idea of cooking can be daunting when you have to get up early. Skipping breakfast is just not an option however, so a fantastic solution to this problem is to go with a healthy smoothie which you can take with you on your commute. Protein in these smoothies comes from natural sources like yogurt, nut butters and seeds.
Do you tend to eat breakfast or skip it? Any other ideas for healthy breakfasts?
Written by Paula Clarke