One of the most essential ingredients to a rock-solid health and fitness plan is to start each day on the right foot. Exercise is one element of this, but a healthy breakfast will often set the tone for your day before anything else, so it’s important to know how you can keep it healthy!
Why Is Breakfast So Important?
While all meals are important no matter what time it is, breakfast is particularly critical for setting your body up to gather its daily requirements as the day goes on. If you don’t have a meal within about two hours of waking up, it will be more difficult for your body to catch up as you expend more energy. Assembling the right meal will give you a head start on nutrients that will provide you with energy, stamina, alertness, and concentration. You’ll be able to get things done without taxing your system and being completely exhausted by the end of the day.
Things to Go For
So what exactly makes a healthy breakfast? You’ll need whole-grain carbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, so try going for some multigrain toast with a fruit jam or jelly. Fibre and calcium are key, so you could also try oatmeal made with low-fat milk and topped with blueberries and bananas. Fruit smoothies are great for vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. Need protein? Eggs are the classic way to go, but you can also get it from low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt, or even some quinoa.
Things to Avoid
Knowing the difference between healthy and unhealthy breakfast foods lies in recognizing where they come from, their ingredients, and how you prepare them. For instance, you’ll probably be quick to reach for some eggs when you need a good serving of protein, but how do you typically prepare them? It’s usually a better idea to poach or boil rather than pan fry with butter, as this spares you the saturated fat. Meanwhile, what’s in that fruit spread? Avoiding added sugar or artificial flavouring is key, and the same goes for oatmeal. Pay attention to the details and your breakfast will always get your day started right!
Have you made a habit of eating a healthy breakfast at the beginning of each day? The perfect complement to this is a good fitness plan. Vitality Fitness is here to help on your journey to a healthier you, so give us a call at (587) 777-3378 to learn about Boot Camp and more!