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Breakfast is hands down the most significant meal of the day. It kick starts your body’s metabolism getting you prepared for the day ahead. Without breakfast, your body literally breaks itself down, using muscle tissue or fat to supply needed calories. However, not all breakfast meals are equal. Healthy foods can boost your energy while nutritionally poor meals can be a detriment to both your health and energy. Here are the best foods you can eat for breakfast.
5. Whole Grain Bread
Whole grain bread barely makes our list because it contains a lot of carbohydrates which aren’t as filling as protein. The great thing about this food is the whole grains are complex carbs that digest slowly, giving you a long lasting energy boost that can help you get through any tough day.
Avoid sweet bread items, even if they are whole grain, such as muffins, pancakes, waffles, and pastries. Anything sweet has simple sugars that will cause an instant insulin spike and leave you feeling drained after only a couple of hours.
4. Sliced Lean Meat
Lean meat like turkey, chicken, and lean ham are great foods to start your day. They all contain slow digesting protein which can power you until lunch. Proteins have fewer calories than fat so you are able to eat a lot without gaining weight.
Protein builds your muscles and repairs damaged cells, so eating sliced lean meat is great for any job that requires physical labor.
3. Whole Grain Oatmeal
Whole grain oatmeal fares better than bread because it comes with a load of heart healthy fiber and appetite suppressing protein. Insoluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and fat absorption by lining the intestines. The soluble fiber absorbs water and slows digestion which keeps you feeling full longer. Additionally, oatmeal comes with a number of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants which strengthens your immune system.
2. Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a favorite food amongst the bodybuilding and fitness-conscious crowd because of its proven health benefits.
It is nearly all protein with limited amounts of carbs and fat. It is easily digestible and goes straight to work building muscles once ingested.
It is high in vitamin D and calcium which promotes bone and teeth strength. Plus it is a filling low-calorie food that can help your weight loss goals. Only one other food beats out cottage cheese for breakfast.
The most traditional breakfast food, eggs are also the best. Some people avoid eggs because of the fat content in the yolk. However, studies prove that the fat in egg yolk is a healthy form that actually reduces blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Eggs have the perfect balance of proteins and fats. The proteins work to strengthen muscles and provide long lasting energy. The fats keep you feeling full so you don’t have a sudden craving before lunch.
Plus, eggs are some of the most versatile foods. You can poach them, fry them, boil them, or scramble them. They are good with cheese, vegetables, meats, and sauces. Eggs top our best breakfast list because it is a well-rounded and multipurpose wonder-food.
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