We’ve heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Recent studies have argued that the statement has no basis, though. But regardless of how you feel about it, one thing remains certain—breakfast is important. It’s a must especially for those who go to work because they’ll need fuel to get through the morning, which may include a hellish commute and a multitude of meetings.
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The question we should be asking is not how vital it is, but what makes up a good breakfast. So yeah, what does an ideal breakfast consist of anyway? There’s no single correct answer, which is great since that means you have options. Variety is always good.
1. Berries. Bearers of micronutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, berries are perfect day starters (or enders). Blueberries, strawberries (doesn’t matter if they're fresh, freeze-dried, or in jam or juice form), raspberries, and blackberries are the way to go to having a healthy heart. They’re also believed to stave off aging, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and certain types of cancer. If your work constantly pits you in a high-stress environment, you’ll want berries in your life.
2. Whole Grains. Much like berries, whole grains are regarded as champions of heart health and will serve as your defenders against obesity and diabetes. But unlike those super fruits, picking out the right whole grains isn’t as straightforward. Certain breads and cereals are made of whole grains, but this doesn’t automatically make them good for you because a large number of whole grain foods are heavily processed. Be selective. For bread lovers, choose those with stoneground or sprouted grains.
3. Yogurt. You know what’s a great companion for berries or whole-grain loaves? Yogurt. These will provide you with both protein and healthy fat, allowing you to keep your batteries high until your next meal. What you should remember, though, is to never opt for low fat. This is because excluding the fat will leave you feeling unsatisfied, which will most likely trigger your impulse to eat more later on. Another reason to not go the low-fat route is because such products usually aren’t palatable, thus causing manufacturers to compensate by adding unhealthy sugars. Experts advise to simply stick with the regular fat variety.
4. High-protein foods. Fortifying your system with protein is how you should start your mornings. You’ll be pleased to know that one of the best sources for this is perhaps already a breakfast staple of yours—eggs. Nuts are terrific, too. Smoked salmon is also an option, but it may not be always be present on your menu.
5. Coffee/Green Tea. As for your beverage, it’s pretty simple—a cup of joe is the way to go. Skip the sugar and the creamer and you’ve got a potent morning drink that will not only wake up your senses, but will also help in preventing heart disease. Green tea is also a great alternative.
So there, you’ve got more than a few awesome options, most of which are easy to prepare or are ready for consumption. Some of these could easily be downed on the go while commuting or as you pass the time during the slow crawl along EDSA. Stay sharp and spirited all throughout the morning by keeping your belly filled. Never skip breakfast ever again, okay? Your mother won’t be thrilled.
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