We all know it but breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it fuel you through your morning tasks and to-do’s, it also kick starts your metabolism making you less likely to aimlessly snack throughout the day. A hearty breakfast also provides endurance so you can tackle your afternoon workout with ease. One other important factor? Eating breakfast every day helps to maintain a healthy weight over the long term.
Personally, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day – even being gluten free. Some may think that having to avoid gluten limits the AM food options, but I am here to tell you, that just isn’t true! First, it’s important to understand the three main components that make up a healthy breakfast.
Protein – for the fuel factor.
Carbohydrates – provide energy for the day!
Fat – healthy fats help you absorb nutrients.
There are endless combinations that satisfy these requirements, here are just a few:
Make your own gluten free breakfast sandwich. Toast two slices of Rudi’s Multigrain bread, cook one fried egg, top with a slice of organic cheddar cheese and combine for a savory sandwich that will keep you full until lunch!
Scrambled eggs are probably the quickest and most filling breakfast there is. Not to mention, you can add anything in that fits your fancy. Combine two eggs, fresh chopped veggies, turkey or tofu, a little salsa and there you have it – scrambled eggs filled with nutrition and flavor.
Unfortunately, not all of us are so lucky to enjoy eating our breakfast over a cup of coffee and the morning paper. For a healthy grab-and-go option prepare several hard boiled eggs over the weekend and store in the fridge. Take two eggs, a banana and go ahead – grab a non-fat latte on your way to the office and this healthy combo will leave you feeling full and happy!
Oatmeal is a quick and simple option with endless possibilities. While steel cut oats are lowest on the glycemic index (they cause the lowest spike in blood sugar), the instant variety are still high in overall nutritional value. To save on sugar choose the plan variety and add your own flavor toppings. Stir in a tablespoon of your favorite jam, add some fresh chopped fruit and a handful of nuts – you’ll be so fulfilled you won’t even think about lunch until early afternoon!
For another on-the-go option while following the healthy oats theme, make your own Cinnamon Vanilla Granola! It is easier than ever and you’ll save on empty calories such as sugar and artificial flavoring. Fill a portable container with 1/2 cup of granola, dried fruit and nuts. Stash your favorite yogurt in your bag and combine everything once you get to your desk. Your co-workers will be begging for a bite!
Gluten Free Cereal!
Go ahead, indulge in your inner kid and enjoy a bowl of healthy gluten free cereal. When selecting options from the store be sure to check the sugar levels, the lower the better! Also, look for cereals that include multiple grains such as brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, corn or amaranth. Some good options include Nature’s Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise or Arrowhead Mills Maple Buckwheat Flakes.
Don’t forget that cereal doesn’t always have to be cold. Bob’s Red Mill has some great hot cereal options that will break your oatmeal rut but fuel you just the same! Options include Organic Creamy Buckwheat and GF Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal.
Since I’ve overwhelmed you with the “typical” breakfast possibilities, here are a few more that might spark your interest…
a href=”http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6016408″ target=”_blank”>Rise and Shine Muffins from The Healthful Pursuit
I hope you enjoy these traditional and fresh ideas! Whether you decide to switch up your routine or stick with what you know, be sure to always start your day with a healthy breakfast to reach your optimum health potential!