Nutritious and Delicious Breakfast
What you eat affects more than just your waistline. When you arise each morning, your body has essentially been fasting for a period of time. It is up to you to make food choices that will fuel your best possible self. Yes, you want to feed your rumbling stomach, but there are other benefits to starting your day with solid nutrition. The choices you make could have the additional benefit of feeding your mind, and setting you up for a successful day that doesn’t include cravings, mood swings, or energy dips. Eating a healthy breakfast is the cornerstone of a good nutrition plan. When you skip breakfast, you’re also taking a pass at all of the nutrients you had an opportunity to provide your mind and body.
Whenever you eat, always combine lean protein with complex carbohydrates and a bit of healthy fat. Carbs are your body’s preferred source of fuel, while protein fills you up and helps build and repair muscle. Fat adds flavor and satiety so you feel fuller longer and are less likely to experience cravings. Choose complex carbs like whole grains and a wide variety of veggies so that your calories from carbs provide vital nutrients that you need. Opt for healthy fats like avocado, nuts and olive oil that are good for the brain and heart.
These mini veggie frittatas are a great way to begin your day. Eggs are rich in protein, the main building blocks of the human body. Eating adequate protein can help with weight loss, increase muscle mass, lower blood pressure and optimize bone health, to name a few of the benefits. Eggs also provide a good dose of healthy fats in addition to providing many vitamins (A, E, folate, B5, B12, B2, plus others in smaller amounts). Another benefit to eggs is that they help to raise the HDL (good) cholesterol. Studies show that people who have higher levels of HDL usually have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and various other health issues.
No time in the morning to prepare a healthy breakfast? No problem! Here’s a recipe that you can prepare all or part of in advance. Not only that, it is both delicious and nutritious, not to mention attractive!