Yesterday, I talked about ways to increase protein in your diet, especially for seniors.
Doing a little research on this subject, I came across some information on the importance of what you eat for breakfast. Not so much whether you eat breakfast or whether you skip breakfast, but what you eat for the first meal of your day.
Whatever you eat first after getting up in the morning — whether it’s an early breakfast, late breakfast, early lunch — it is important to eat something healthy and nutritious to get your body started after breaking your all-night fast.
Something you really want to avoid — and a lot of people won’t want to hear this — is sugary treats like … doughnuts. Throw down a couple of donuts for your first meal of the day and you may be setting yourself up for sugar cravings all day long. A meal of nothing but carbs for breakfast and/or lunch and watch out for the ol’ afternoon drowsies.
- One of the recommended ways to get off to a good nutritional start for the day is with eggs. Eggs are packed with protein, and a bunch of other good stuff for your body and brain.
- Yogurt has lots of good vitamins, protein, and probiotics to help support digestion and keep the ol’ insides working and healthy.
- Oatmeal is full of vitamins, fiber, and a decent amount of protein, as well.
- Cottage cheese is high in protein and low in calories. Mix in some fruit, maybe a splash of honey. Good stuff.
- Whole-wheat toast. Add some avocado or peanut butter. Maybe some sliced banana or a fried egg.
- Protein smoothie. Throw some ice and a little water in a blender, add a scoop or two of protein powder, maybe a banana, some peanut butter, a handful of nuts.
- Fruit. Oranges, strawberries, banana, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango.
Remember, the first thing you eat after waking up has a lot to do with how you feel the rest of the day.