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By Jake Bradshaw
It’s hard for people to truly understand that eating a large breakfast is healthier and more weight-beneficial than all other options. Often times, we assume that large quantities of foods will go straight to our bellies, but it’s simply not the case.
I know how tempting it is to reach for the bagels, donuts, and muffins, but the reality is these foods will make you hungry a lot sooner. By balancing carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables with protein and healthy fats, not only will you make it all the way to lunchtime, but your body will soon prove just how powerful a breakfast can be.
Some of the healthiest breakfast foods can be found at any corner store in the country, and in most cases, even your own refrigerator.
- #1) Oatmeal
Oatmeal is healthier than granola, don’t let the hippies fool you. One cup of granola has 600 calories and 24 grams of sugar (more than an ice cream sundae). Oats have 8 grams of fiber which will leave you satisfied longer. To add a little more boost, top it off with some berries and honey.
- #2) Whole-Wheat Bread
Since it’s high in fiber, even one slice can make you less hungry throughout the day. Just because something says “multigrain” doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain refined grains. If it’s not 100% whole-wheat, it’s not worth it. Try it with a delicious low-calorie spread, like low-fat cottage cheese.
- #3) Fiber One Chewy Bars
The two things you must always look for in breakfast foods are fiber and protein. This bar has both in high quantities and since it’s already in a bar form, it’s easy to grab and go, or add to an already balanced breakfast.
- #4) Tea
It’s obvious that tea is a much better substitute for coffee. It has virtually no calories, a lot of caffeine, and doesn’t cost $6 at Starbucks. Mixing whip cream and other unhealthy things in your morning java will only pack up the pounds.
- #5) Whole Grain Pancakes
Straight from the mix! A smart idea is also to add flaxmeal to a regular pancake mix so you can boost the fiber and nutrients. Sub the syrup for unsweetened fruit spread or other low-calorie topping, and you’re good to go.
- #6) One to Three Whole Eggs
A lot of people debate over the yolk or the white, but research shows that if you skip the yolk, you’ll miss out on immense amount of protein and vitamin B12. Don’t replace an actual egg with a cholesterol-free, fat-free egg substitute either.
Research from the University of Connecticut showed that men who had three large whole eggs per day increased their HDL (good) cholesterol by 20%.
- #7) Sausages
A brand with built in flavor like Al Fresco Sundried Tomato & Basil Chicken Sausage is loaded with protein, is leaner and nitrate free, and has way less calories than bacon. So the next time you reach for the pork, think twice.
- #8) Whole-Grain Cereal
It’s important for you to scan your cereal box to be sure the first thing listed is whole-grain wheat, oats, or bran. These cereals have shown to lower your risk of heart failure.
- #9) Milk
Scientists say the protein found in milk is more filling than the carbs found in fruit. Though fruit juices are a great addition, researchers have found that people who drank milk, instead, felt fuller throughout the day and ate less calories at lunch.
- #10) Multivitamin
Even if we supply ourselves with a great breakfast, most men still don’t get the proper amount of nutrients their body needs throughout the day. Supplying it to yourself in the morning is the best way for it to resonate within your blood stream for hours on end.
Take some notes as to what your eating and try to decipher what’s missing from your daily diet. A good supplement that men will always benefit from is CoQ10. It helps your skin, heart, and even brain patterns.