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10 Healthy Ideas to Get the Most Out of Your Mornings

10 Healthy Ideas to Get the Most Out of Your Mornings

Treat your body to real foods packed with all of the nutrients mother nature has to offer!

Breakfast is an excellent way to start any day, but not all of us are ready to have a huge meal the moment we wake up (or even an hour or two after!). For those of us that don't enjoy our first meal until later in the day, intermittent fasting could be an excellent alternative.

Many recent studies have suggested that breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day and skipping it doesn't have any damaging effects on your metabolism. If you decide to incorporate intermittent fasting to your lifestyle, skipping breakfast may be beneficial. You can read more about what Intermittent Fasting is and its benefits here!

However; if you’re a fan of breakfast, here is a list of some healthy breakfast options to get the micronutrients your body needs to make each morning count — swap sugary breakfast cereals and bars for food that fuels you, both mind and body.

1. Eggs

Eggs are a great breakfast option because they are high in protein, as well as several other essential nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, and zinc. Eggs are a great breakfast substitute if you are looking for a low-calorie breakfast option that will keep you fuller, longer. 

2. Coffee

If you don't want to kick off your day with a big breakfast, having a cup of coffee is a great alternative. The caffeine in coffee can boost mood, mental performance, and even metabolism. Even if you have a breakfast meal, adding a cup of coffee to your morning can be very beneficial. If you are concerned about missing out the essential vitamins that come with breakfast, swapping your regular coffee for VitaCup’s vitamin-infused coffee is the ideal way to get all of those vitamins, right in your morning cup.

3. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is higher in protein and contains less sugar than regular yogurt. A standard container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt contains 100 calories, 17 grams of protein, and 6 grams of carbs. Because Greek yogurt is so high in protein, it can also aid in suppressing the appetite. Some kinds of Greek yogurt also contain probiotics - good bacteria that can help boost gut health.

4. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a great addition to any breakfast meal, as they are high in fiber and antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation. Chia seeds are also a versatile ingredient that can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and atop other foods to make your breakfast more filling.

5. Avocados

Avocados are packed with “good” fats to fuel your body throughout the day, not to mention tasty! Who doesn’t love an avocado?! This is a naturally dense fruit that contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals and is suitable for more than putting on top of toast - although we do love avocado toast.

6. Nuts

Nuts are not only a great snack food; but they can also be a great breakfast food, whether you are eating at home or want something to take with you on the go. Nuts are high in fiber and packed with nutrients that can aid in weight loss. Although; it’s good to check the serving size because while being good for you, nuts are also high in fat.

7. Berries

Berries are mostly low carb, are full of antioxidants, and are an excellent source of fiber. Try adding berries to your yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothie for a refreshing and more filling breakfast.

8. Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese is very low in calories but is surprisingly high in protein and healthy nutrients, making it a favorite food among those seeking to be more health conscious. Because of cottage cheese's significant protein, it can help keep you feel fuller longer and promote muscle gain when combined with a healthy diet and exercise routine.

9. Green Smoothie

Depending on what you use for your green smoothie, the nutrients can vary; but, if you are someone who doesn't eat as many fruits and vegetables as you should, this is a great option! Green smoothies can promote weight loss, increase energy, and strengthen the immune system. These healthy smoothies are also a great option on days you need to take your breakfast to go.

10. Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a great way to add extra fiber and protein to your meals, as they can be combined into spreads, smoothies, and even baking! These seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, making it an excellent alternative for those who don't eat fish, like vegetarians.

Picking a healthy breakfast option can be easy and delicious with some simple planning. Get more out of your day when you fuel your body with foods that not only taste good but are also good for you!

What are some of your favorite breakfast foods? Let us know in the comments!

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