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I’ve learned a few things in the 6 years on my weight loss journey. One of those things is how important breakfast can be. Read about the Top Benefits of Breakfast here
There’s different philosophies around breakfast. But most agree, it is an important meal of the day. It helps you break your fast, to help your body know that you are up and it is supposed to start burning calories again.
When you were sleeping and when you are at rest, your body is fasting, resting and restoring for the next day; it is burning much less calories than normal.
Many people skip breakfast for a lack of time, a lack of energy or to save calories. But this is the worst thing you can do if weight loss is your goal.
It has been proven that people who eat breakfast will eat less calories overall throughout the rest of the day than those who skip breakfast entirely. Why is that? When you skip a meal, a few things happen.
First, when you do actually eat, you are so hungry, you will probably be more likely to eat things you wouldn’t normally.
Second, if you are not eating enough calories in the day, your body will go into starvation mode, your body holds onto fat and you end up frustrated, with no results.
I typically tell my new clients (especially those new to losing weight and eating healthier) to eat within 30 to 60 minutes of being up, in the morning. A good breakfast will consist of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
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Protein is important when it comes to weight loss. Protein in the body helps maintain muscle mass, it helps grow muscle mass, regulates blood sugar levels and it helps you keep full for a longer period of time. If you end up hungry shortly after breakfast or feel breakfast doesn’t fill you up, you may want to add more protein rich foods.
Many popular breakfast foods are high in carbs and low in protein – ie. your coffee and donut, pancakes, waffles.
Keep reading for healthy protein pancakes. I recommend between 20 to 30 g of protein in your breakfast. Start by getting a customized meal plan here.
Carbs are also important, because it is our bodies preferred way to get energy. There’s lots of different ways to get carbs: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, rice, sweet potato, quinoa are some. Download Secrets to Weight Loss for the best carbs and a grocery list.
Healthy fats help to supply the body with fatty acids and helps to absorb other nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Some examples of healthy fats are coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado. Healthy fats are also another way you can help stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Expert tip – if you are pre-diabetic, or have fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, balance your meals with a combination of protein, carbs and fats.
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Here are my top five GO TO breakfasts.
I love to have an omelette with avocado broccoli and peppers. I sauté some vegetables, (use what you have available) I use onions and peppers in coconut oil and add in another vegetable – broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, or brussels sprouts are all great. Add 2-3 eggs or egg whites and top with a slice of avocado.
Yogurt with Fruit
Greek yogurt, with fresh fruit, granola, or nuts. Greek yogurt is higher in protein then typical yogurts, and you will get your fiber through the berries. Add in nuts or granola for some crunchy texture and more healthy fats. If you want to pump this up, even more, you can add a protein powder or meal replacement shake. Vanilla or chocolate is my favorite. Click here for my favorite.
Protein Pancakes or Waffles
This is one of my kids favorites. Who doesn’t love pancakes?!!
Do a quick google search or Pinterest for protein pancakes or protein waffles, and you will find a lot of different recipes.
My favorite ways to add protein to pancakes are to add Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or your favorite protein powder.
Egg Frittata or Egg Cups
A little similar to the omelette, however this is something you can make in bulk or even make it the night before. If breakfast is always a rush for you or you don’t always have time to make breakfast, you can make this the night before. It’s so simple and so easy to make. Start by sautéing your vegetables – onions, peppers, whatever vegetables you want and bake it in an egg casserole. This also makes a great snack and the kids love it. Read about 10 Make Ahead Breakfasts
Meal Replacement Shakes
If breakfast is not really your thing, you don’t like to eat breakfast, you don’t like to make breakfast or you find yourself struggling with time in the morning, meal replacement shakes or protein shake is a great substitute. The meal replacement shakes that I use has a perfect combination and balance of protein, carbs and fats already in it; and it comes in 10 different flavors. Take a look here.
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