Fitness Tips: August 30, 2016

Eating a healthy breakfast can help give you more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Basics of a Quick and Balanced Breakfast

Don't let the lack of time or other hurdles keep you from having a balanced breakfast. It's better for your health (and your weight) to eat breakfast than to skip it. And it's definitely better to eat a healthy breakfast, high in fibers and nutrients, than one full of refined grains, sugar, salt, and/or saturated fat. But what if you're fresh out of healthy breakfast ideas?

Breakfast doesn't have to be elaborate or time consuming; investing time in breakfast pays off through the whole day. It's best if your breakfast foods come from three different food groups: protein, whole grains, and fruits or vegetables. You can get protein from eggs, dairy, lean meat, or peanut butter. Cereal or whole-wheat toast count for your whole grains and strawberries or blueberries – great sources of antioxidants – make a sweet and nutritious topping for oatmeal, cold cereal, or yogurt.

Balancing carbohydrates (preferably from whole grains, fruit and vegetables) with some protein and a little healthier fat will do a better job of starving off hunger until lunch and fueling your entire morning's activities. Low-fat or nonfat dairy products can add protein to your breakfast, as can egg whites or egg substitute (egg yolk doesn't contribute protein), lean breakfast meats, soy milk and other soy products.

Eating a balanced breakfast, with whatever foods you choose, is the best way to jump-start your day and stay satisfied until lunch.