Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It revs up your metabolism, builds up your energy for the day and makes you just feel good. The key? Eat a high-protein and low carb balanced breakfast. Here are 5 ideas to try this summer.
1. Embrace the Mediterranean diet: Try a piece of whole grain or sprouted grain toast, add 1 egg any style you like, diced tomatoes and avocado. Add a dash of salt and pepper and you'll be ready for the day. It also has a super fresh taste for summer. The egg is your protein and the avocado and toast will keep you full all day.
2. Omelet: As versatile as you like, an omelet is a great foundation for getting great protein and all the veggies you want. A 2-egg omelet will keep you full until lunch and also will help avoid unnecessary snacking throughout the day.
3. Turkey Bacon: Yes it's the new bacon and a great thing to make a big batch of ahead of time. Turkey bacon can be bagged up for a great protein-filled snack throughout the day. Have 2 slices of turkey bacon, a handful of almonds, a cup of berries. You'll get everything you need and these quick items can be brought on the go.
4. Quick breakfast: Just enough time to sit and eat a quick breakfast in the morning? Try plain greek yogurt, add blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and even a small drizzle of honey. This will also keep you full and may even satisfy your sweet craving throughout the day.
5. Pumpkin/Yogurt/Avocado Smoothie: A great smoother for healthier looking skin, and you'll be full throughout the morning. Canned pumpkin boasts 17mg of beta-carotene and 12mg of alpha-carotene per cup. Both of these carotenoids are converted by the body into retinol, one of the precursors to vitamin A. The retinol combines with fat molecules from the avocado and yogurt, forming vitamin A. Vitamin A as mentioned is an essential skin nutrient which helps cell growth and replenishment.
Wondering about ideal morning beverages? Try grapefruit juice, instead of orange juice. Grapefruit juice is the morning rival to orange juice. It's packed with potassium, Vitamin A and C, it's a healthy choice among other citrus morning beverages. Grapefruit technically isn't a negative-calorie food, but it's still fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup. Grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits, which triggers the liver to break down fat.
And don't forget your morning booster, coffee. More studies revealed in 2015 alone showed the caffeine, chlorogenic acid and antioxidants in coffee help fight chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes. 3-4 cups of black coffee per day are optimal.