5. Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is often skipped due to things like sleeping in or being too busy, but it’s called ‘the most important meal of the day’ for good reason. A healthy breakfast provides energy for the day’s activities, as well as vitamins and nutrients that are essential for good health. Skipping breakfast can lead to eating more throughout the day, and choosing less healthy things in order to get a quick energy boost from added sugars.
Breakfast has been shown to improve concentration and focus, support healthy cholesterol levels and help control weight. For a healthy breakfast, include high-quality protein like eggs, fiber-rich sunflower or chia seeds, oatmeal, or Greek yogurt. Include fruit like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries, which are low in sugar, high in fiber and full of antioxidants like anthocyanins which have demonstrated abilities to protect against heart disease and other illnesses.
Alternatively, citrus fruits like grapefruit are very high in vitamin C, and can be paired with eggs or yogurt for a filling, healthy breakfast. Nuts are another great choice. Though they can be high in calories, a handful of almonds, Brazil nuts or walnuts can provide essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, and selenium, and a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat.
If you’re busy in the mornings, there’s still no excuse to go without breakfast. Smoothies have become a popular choice for people on the go, as you can include protein powder, whey or oatmeal with fresh vegetables like spinach, carrots, and beetroot to provide a quick, easy, nourishing breakfast.