7 breakfast meal ideasHealthy Breakfast Important Meal of the Day I admit I’ve never been a big breakfast eater. If I had it my way I’d get up, have a cup of coffee with a splash of skim milk, then another cup of coffee and be on my way. I’m just not hungry when I wake up. But that was then this is now … I no longer skip breakfast because what I have learned is that if I want to train like a champion I have to fuel my body correctly. Eating breakfast will not only fuel your workouts but can also help you lose weight. The best analogy I can think of is that if your body is a Fire than breakfast is like putting another log in the fire. This will stoke your metabolism to keep burning all day long.  Here are some other benefits:

  • Increases energy
  • Boosts brain power
  • Helps keep your blood sugar regulated
  • Makes you less likely to overeat a bunch of fatty, carby crap as the day goes on
Even though there are varying opinions on this subject, the prevailing one is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Of course it depends on the type of breakfast you choose.

SteelCutOatsBreakfast900-850x567Here are 7 healthy, quick and easy meal ideas to start the day:

1. Scrambled egg/egg whites
Cook eggs in olive oil and place over toasted whole wheat english muffin drizzled with olive oil. Serve with a side of greens and sliced tomato or fresh fruit. I like a little hot sauce on my eggs and the heat helps rev up your metabolism. This is my go-to breakfast most mornings. 2. Steel-cut oats  I make up a batch on the weekend and store in the fridge so it’s quick and easy to heat up. Drizzle with honey and top with fresh fruit, ground flaxseeds or crushed almonds. 3. Breakfast burrito Sauté onions and peppers in pan, add egg or egg whites and scramble together until egg is done. Roll up in a whole-wheat or gluten free tortilla with a little low-fat/fake cheese, salsa and/or low-fat sour cream. 4. Wilted spinach, mushrooms, onions and eggs Sauté onion and mushrooms in a little olive oil, scramble in eggs, then stir in spinach until it wilts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 5. Greek yogurt with granola Sprinkle yogurt with granola, drizzle a little honey and add a few fresh berries/fruit/nuts. 6. Egg sandwich Toast a whole-wheat english muffin. scramble an egg, and create a healthy version of a fast food breakfast sandwich. Enjoy fresh fruit or greens on the side.
Some tips:
  • Get creative with the ideas above.
  • Make a list and shop ahead for the week so you have healthy choices on hand.
  • Choose seasonal, organic vegetables and fruits.
  • Go dairy free and gluten-free if you like.
  • Look for low sugar/salt content.
  • Substitute olive oil for butter.
  • Use seasonings and fresh  herbs like chives in the eggs or cilantro in the burrito.
  • Have a glass of water with fresh lemon or lemon oil every morning.
You may not think it’s important or feel like you have the time to eat breakfast, but it could make all the difference in how you perform, how you feel and what you end up eating the rest of the day.

If you are like me and do not like breakfast switch to a shake a day, try Shakeology. I love it because I get all my daily nutritional needs in just 1 shake! You can look up all the details on what you get from the shake but if your like me and hate making breakfast in morning or just don’t have time. Shakeology is a healthy and easy alternative.