Good and Bad Low Calorie Breakfast Ideas
I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. My coffee maker is one of the types that you can set up the night before to brew at a certain time in the next morning. I purchased this device because I generally do not have sufficient drive to engage in coffee making activities so soon after dragging my butt out of bed.
Of course, I am fully aware of the fact that a whole day’s work depends on a good start in the morning. So eating a good, nutritious breakfast is the best way to begin the right way.
Breakfast provides about 30% of the energy people need, and lunch and supper cannot supplement an insufficient intake at breakfast time. Therefore, healthy breakfast foods can help put your body in its optimum state, and give you a dynamic start to a productive day ahead.
I was always in too much of a hurry in the morning and frequently skipped breakfast. Then by the middle of the morning, my coffee would wear off and I would crash, sapped of energy until lunch. Once I realized my day was a lot worse without a good, healthy breakfast inside, I also realized that it is worth getting up fifteen minutes earlier to make sure I have the nourishment that my body needs throughout the morning.
Lots of people realize the negative impact of skipping breakfast, but some of them may not realize the negative effects of eating a fatty, high calorie breakfast.
Not So Healthy Breakfast Foods
Many people start off their day in the wrong way by eating the wrong kind of breakfast. Fried food is quite popular in many cultures, and though a plate full of fried eggs, bacon, and hash browns tastes wonderful, truthfully it is not the best way to start your day. Those high-fat foods are certainly not low calorie. A giant, fried breakfast will fill you up, but it does contain a lot of calories. You will end up feeling tired again about an hour after eating it, which is not what you want when you have a long day ahead of you.
What to Include in Your Healthy Breakfast Meals
When thinking of low calorie breakfast ideas, you should never forget the good old egg. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein, and you can poach, bake, or cook them in the microwave to bring down the fat content of eggs fried in butter or oil. Some simple scrambled egg whites on whole-wheat toast can keep you full of life and energy for a few hours, and you will also be keeping your calorie count down, too.
Egg White and English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
Two egg whites
Whole-grain English muffin
One slice tomato
Low-fat cheddar cheese
Scramble the egg whites. Put the cheese on half of the muffin and toast lightly until the cheese melts. Add the egg whites, sliced tomato, and spinach.
Try Smoothies for Breakfast
Another healthy way to start your day is with a smoothie. Use fresh ingredients and avoid putting in additional refined sugar.
You can find two easy smoothie examples on our site here: Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Oatmeal is a Great Way to Start the Day
Another great choice when thinking of low calorie breakfast ideas is oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and has been shown to help reduce cholesterol. Add in some fresh fruit for more nutrition. It is also a great thing to eat in the cold winter months, too, as it will warm you on the inside, especially if you plan on going out into the cold weather.
A Simple Breakfast Parfait
Low fat cottage cheese or yogurt
Chunks of fresh fruit (i.e., pear, pineapple, mango, peach)
Simply place the yogurt or cottage cheese in a bowl or parfait glass and top with the fruit and sprinkle with wheat germ.
So when you are thinking of low calorie breakfast ideas to eat during the week, make sure you include ingredients such as cereal, eggs (whites or with yolks), fresh fruit, oatmeal, low fat yogurt or cottage cheese, and whole grain bread.
If you can get creative with healthy breakfast meals using these ingredients, then you will be eating the right foods and starting your days off the best way each time.