Swimsuit season is just around the corner and that means getting yourself ready for beach vacations and bikinis. But this time of year can also mean anxiety and stress trying to shed those pesky winter pounds. Everyone knows that the healthiest way to lose weight is to eat portioned, low-calorie meals and to endure a lot of exercise.
Lots of people think they should skip meals like breakfast in order to lose weight. However, you are actually doing yourself a huge disservice as well as slowing down your weight loss. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the meal that kick starts your metabolism and gets you moving and grooving for the rest of the day. So let’s go over a few healthy and energy packed breakfasts to jump start your day and weight loss goals.
Yogurt with Fruit and Granola
Instead of going for a fast food breakfast or sugary cereal, try making yourself a large bowl of low-fat vanilla yogurt with your favorite fruits and granola pieces. This breakfast is extremely filling and low calorie. With only 300 calories in the entire dish, you can make this breakfast all your own. Add your favorite or seasonal fruits like strawberries, blueberries or oranges to get healthy amounts of sugar and antioxidants. Put fresh honey or lemon juice in your yogurt in order to give your metabolism a much-needed morning jumpstart.
Scrambled Egg Burritos
For this breakfast go South of the Border for your healthy morning food fix. If you need carbs in the morning, use whole grain tortillas and scrambled eggs to make a filling and delicious breakfast that you don’t even realize is less than 300 calories. Add a touch of salsa and cheese (with discretion) along with a serving of your favorite fruits for a great start of the day.
Cereal is a breakfast staple in the American diet. Ever since the Kellogg brothers started mass manufacturing their cereal recipe, it has been in ever pantry in the country. People like cereal because it has texture, flavor and is easy to make. Unfortunately, not every low-calorie cereal is delicious, but brands like Special K and Cheerios are simple, tasty and low-calorie. Add honey or fruit to your cereal if you want extra flavor and be sure to use low-fat or almond milk too.
Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Pecans
Oatmeal has been the breakfast staple for centuries. Oats are a really healthy way to get carbs for energy and fiber, which will help keep you feeling full for longer. Oatmeal is great brain fuel for the student and perfect on those cold winter mornings. Most families use instant oatmeal, so just be sure to only add less than a tablespoon of butter. Also add cinnamon to help support weight loss and pecans for texture.
If you’re in a rush in the morning and don’t have time to cook your breakfast, making a quick fruit smoothie can still give you the energy you need without losing time. Just add fruits blueberries and pomegranates to yogurt with ice and you have a low calorie breakfast on the go! Or you can try your own combinations. A blender’s limitation is only what can’t blend, so use your imagination.Author Profile: M.G. Bachemin is associated with Pearl Wine Co. She’s an advocated of eating healthy and believes that all starts with breakfast.