Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we want to get it right! Here are some simple things you can do to add a nutritious boost to kick-start your morning routine.
Swap syrup with fruit
- The fiber in whole fruit trumps the processed sugars found in syrups, and you start the day with a healthy dose of vitamins too! For example, try topping your favorite Van’s Waffle
with finely chopped berries instead of syrup next time. You could even heat the berries in the microwave for a few seconds to get their juices flowing.
– Adding 6 grams of protein to your breakfast is as easy as cooking up an egg! A simple addition to any breakfast, eggs are easy to cook, can be prepared in a variety of ways, and only take a few minutes to prepare. Poached, scrambled, or hard-boiled, eggs also contain antioxidants that keep your eyes andbrain
healthy. Visit your local farmers market or search online to find farm fresh eggs near you.
Brighten up your breakfast with pumpkin
- Rich in beta-carotene and low in calories, pumpkinis an interesting way to vary your breakfast routine. Try stirring a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree into a bowl of protein- and fiber-rich Van’s Ancient Grains Hot Cereal
. Add pecans and cinnamon for a perfect fall breakfast!
- Chia seeds aren’t just for pottery pets anymore. They are actually incredibly healthy to eat! These little seeds are packed with calcium, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, and you don’t even have to grind them to get the nutritional benefits.Use them as a mix-in with your favorite breakfast
for an extra boost of energy.
– Add chopped raw nuts or nut butter to any breakfast for added protein and healthy fats and carbohydrates that will keep you fueled throughout the morning.
Alysa Bajenaru is a dietitian and personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in the nutrition and fitness industry. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Alysa practiced clinical dietetics and general personal training before becoming a mom and discovering her passion for helping other moms achieve a healthy lifestyle. She owned a Baby Boot Camp franchise for two years, teaching hundreds of new moms how to get a great workout with their babies, and is now the author of Baby Boot Camp's Nutrition Solutions manual. She is also the official dietitian of Mamavation, a virtual boot camp for moms. You can find Alysa blogging about food, family and fitness at InspiredRD.com
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