10 Breakfast Ideas for BUSY People
By: Laura Kelly-Pifer
Everyone knows that they should eat breakfast but if you’re like many folks, you might be pressed for time. Breakfast is the first opportunity in the day to help fuel the body’s engine with food. And, if you’re trying to lose weight, research has shown that breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories throughout the course of the day. That’s an AWESOME fact and one of many great reasons to eat first thing in the morning.
Also, if you don’t eat breakfast, have you felt sluggish and slow a few hours later? Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, you should really eat breakfast. I know that if I don’t, than that leads to bad food and drink choices, crankiness and so on.
Today, I want to share with you some good, balanced, easy to go breakfast options while trying to lose weight.
Common breakfast items that you might already have in your household might include:
- A banana and 6-8 oz cup of low fat yogurt. Bananas are loaded with potassium, which also plays a key role in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
- Blend together ½ cup of your favorite low fat yogurt, ½ cup skim milk and 1 cup frozen fruit. Pour it into a travel mug for an on the go smoothie.
- Try a whole grain English muffin spread with 2 teaspoons of natural peanut butter and an apple on the side.
- Shakeology – There are many ways to mix this but the most simple is 8 ox of water or skim milk and a scoop.
- Grab an apple, 1 to 2 ounces of Cheddar cheese, and toss ¼ cup of walnuts into a resealable plastic bag.
- Take a slice of crusty bread, spread it with 3 tablespoons of low-fat ricotta, and add tomatoes. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil (about 1 teaspoon) and a little salt and pepper.
- Energy bars. Great on the go snacks or meals for any time of day.
- A bowl of fiber-rich bran flakes (about 1½ cups) with 8 ounces of low-fat milk is nearly the perfect breakfast. Make it portable by replacing the milk with lemon or vanilla yogurt and mixing it in a to-go container. Increase the fiber and vitamins by adding ¼ cup of nuts or fresh or dried fruit, such as chopped pecans or blueberries.
- One of the most portable proteins is a hard-cooked egg, but it has no fiber or carbohydrates. So slice it, then roll it in an 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla with a piece of Canadian bacon or lean ham and, if you like, a ½-ounce slice of cheese. Add a tablespoon of salsa for a shot of flavor and a smidgen of vitamin C.
- Last nights left overs. Who said you actually had to eat “breakfast for breakfast?” Make extra tonight and reheat and serve in the morning.
Do you have any other quick and easy breakfast ideas? These are just a few of mine. I’d love to hear yours. Let me know what they by replying back or commenting on my facebook page.
Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!