Monday, July 13, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Tips To Chew On

Incorporate wholegrain foods

Wholegrain foods include wholemeal bread, oats and wholegrain cereals. Wholegrain foods can help keep you feeling fuller for longer and studies have shown they may help lower the risk of certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

Combine carbohydrates with protein

Combining a protein with a carbohydrate based food such as bread, oats or cereal provides invaluable nutrients for the day ahead.  Protein sources include milk, eggs, yogurt, nuts and lean meat such as bacon and fish such as kippers or salmon.

Start your '5-a-day'

Breakfast is the ideal time to get started with your recommended '5-a-day' of fruit and vegetables.  A glass of fruit juice or a banana, berries or chopped apple with your cereal or porridge is a good way to include some fruit.  For a healthy dose of vegetables, try baked beans, tinned or fresh tomatoes or mushrooms on your toast.

Stay hydrated

As well as going without food overnight, your body has also gone without liquids, so to avoid dehydration it's important to include a drink with your breakfast.  Dehydration can result in headaches, tiredness and feeling grumpy.  People often mistake dehydration for hunger so you may find yourself overeating if you aren't drinking enough.  Start your day with a glass of water, fruit juice or herbal tea. Coffee and tea are also fine but are not as hydrating as other drinks due to their caffeine content.

Build breakfast into your routine

If you struggle to eat first thing, as many people do, then you can take your breakfast with you and eat it on-the-go or when you get to work. Better yet, stop by EJ's on the way to work and enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast. As long as you eat it within the first couple of hours of your day, you will still be getting the benefits of breakfast.

Eric Becker
EJ's Bayfront Cafe
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 353-4444