Our mothers knew what they were doing when they put breakfast in front of us every morning. Eating breakfast can help control weight by reducing the urge to overeat as the day goes on. Skipping breakfast, on the other hand, can leave you sluggish, diminish your mood and leave you more vulnerable to heart disease over the long run.
While almost any breakfast is better than none at all, whole grains, fruits, low-fat diary and lean protein are the most nutritious. Examples include:
Oatmeal – No artery-clogging saturated fat and high fiber content aid the immune system and earn high marks from the American Heart Association.
Bananas – Another way to fight heart disease, ease digestion and build strong bones, thanks to nutrients including fiber and potassium.
Greek Yogurt – Thick, creamy and delicious, Greek Yogurt is low in fat and packed with double the protein of regular yogurt. Add fruit and give yourself added nutrition.
If you need your breakfast on the go, take a few minutes at night and whip up a tasty and nutritious smoothie and refrigerate it in a covered container. Fruit, yogurt and fruit juices or blends are common ingredients, for all the healthful reasons described above.