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While breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, sticking with healthy habits during this time isn’t always easy. All too often, it’s just more efficient to grab a granola bar or apple on our way out the door. But since the first thing we eat has a large impact on our nutritional health, it’s vital that we have a few tricks to make the most of it. Use these simple ways to eat healthier in the mornings to give your system the proper fuel to take on the day.
One of the first things you can do to take your breakfast to the next level is to add additional food groups. From wheat and dairy to fruits, veggies, and proteins, a balanced morning meal needs to have it all. This way, your body has everything it could ever need to keep you alert and focused. While this might seem complex at first glance, there are several creative ways to incorporate everything into a fast plate of food. One example is adding nuts and fruits to your oatmeal, giving it elevated flavor and even greater amounts of protein and natural sugar.
It’s also effective to open yourself to a variety of different breakfast options. Even when you’re eating the best possible meals, consuming the same thing every day is bound to get boring. So, trying a wide selection of different foods, flavors, and recipes can make a world of a difference when you want to sustain your goals.
Living a healthier morning lifestyle isn’t exclusive to the food you eat either—it also has to do with what you drink. Many of us can’t survive without our morning cups of coffee. However, once piled with cream and sugar, it isn’t always the healthiest choice first thing in the day. Fortunately, there are several techniques to making your coffee healthier such as reducing your additive amounts and switching to a different brand. So, you don’t need to entirely give up your daily caffeine intake.
I love making Decaf Cold Brew and adding a dash of cinnamon or a splash of vanilla extract.
Another simple way to eat healthier in the mornings is to plan out these meals in advance. Meal-prepping is incredibly effective at making mealtimes quicker and easier for you in the long run. Best of all, there are several great recipes that keep overnight. As long as you have the time to prepare in the evening, you can try a series of filling breakfasts without taking up more time in your morning. Some examples of overnight foods include oatmeal, pancakes, granola, and quiche cups. Take a look at my favorite meal prep recipes on Pinterest.