Healthy and Lean Breakfast Options

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No time for a healthy, power packed breakfast in the morning? Wrong! Breakfast is the most important meal in the healthy and lean breakfast optionsday. After sleeping for 6 to 8 hours your body is literally eating itself because it needs valuable nutrients. Why waste the time you spent in the gym by shoving a donut or some other less-than-stellar fare in your mouth?

Another good reason for having a great breakfast is that it sets the tone for your body during the rest of the day. If you start off with a big jolt of sugar from unhealthy cereal options you are just setting your blood glucose level for a rollercoaster ride during the day. Instead aim for some balance with complex carbohydrates and proteins to ensure your body has valuable building blocks along with slow burn energy that keeps you evenly fueled for a long day.

Check out these easy ideas:

  • Easy Oatmeal – Grab some whole oats or Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Mix a whole serving in with a sliced banana, a 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts, a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, and milk. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon along with a dollop of honey for flavor. This all-purpose breakfast covers all your bases for a healthy start on the day.
  • El Burrito – Breakfast burritos often feel like a guilty pleasure. Luckily the healthy versions taste almost as good. Scramble an egg plus an egg white (or egg beaters) in a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil, and chopped veggies (choose from peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spinach or all of them). Lay a whole-wheat flour tortilla out and pour the scramble in the middle. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese across the top and roll it up. Add an extra egg and you have enough for two smaller burritos depending on the size tortilla you like to use. A glass of juice or milk makes the perfect accompaniment.
  • Cottage Cheese Please – Take 1 cup of low or non-fat cottage cheese (you can usually find 1 or 5% easily). Slice up a nice seasonal fruit like apricots, peaches, strawberries, or cantaloupes and mix about a cup in evenly with the cottage cheese. Add a glass of orange juice and you are ready to face the day.
  • Go Yogurt – Thaw one cup of frozen blue berries (preferably the night before). Mix it in with a cup of non-fat Greek yogurt. Add a tablespoon of honey and 1 scoop of whey protein powder. This is a strong breakfast with protein, energy, probiotics, and antioxidants. A glass of juice finishes things off nicely.
  • Hard Boiled – Hard boil a dozen eggs over the weekend and use them for simple and easy breakfast options. Take two eggs to go with two slices of whole grain whole wheat toast topped with almond butter and a glass of milk. Mix a cup of dried apricots and raisins for a healthy side and you will be raring to go.

These five options are quick, easy, and provide you some variety to ensure that breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. Most things that require preparation can be portioned out the night before so then you just have to mix things before eating while enjoying the morning news. Take the few extra minutes to ensure your body is ready to take on the world; in the long run it will thank you for it!

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