Breakfast was lovingly referred to as the most important meal of the day for decades. And while that may not be 100% accurate, people who eat breakfast tend to be healthier overall and are less likely to be overweight and obese.
So if you are looking to start eating breakfast as a healthy habit or want to make healthier breakfast food selections, look no further.
This list includes 8 of the healthiest breakfasts to choose from.
1. Fruit and Nuts
This is a great breakfast combination for on-the-go eaters. A handful of nuts and some cut-up fruit provides you with a low-calorie, high-protein breakfast that you can eat quickly.
The best fruit options are those with high water content - berries, melons, oranges, and the best nut options are brazil nuts, almonds, or walnuts. However, any combination of fruit and nuts is a healthier choice than sugary cereal or a bagel with cream cheese.
The health community has gone back and forth with regards to the nutritional value of eggs. But recent research has shown that eggs pack tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package.
Eating eggs for breakfast can help reduce hunger throughout the day and prevent unnecessary snacking. And the best part is that there are several ways to prepare eggs, so your breakfast doesn't have to be boring.
3. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt contains protein and probiotics to keep you full and protect your gut health. Look for greek yogurt without added sugar. Instead, you can add honey or fruit to sweeten the yogurt yourself.
Carbs for breakfast? Surely that can't be healthy! WRONG! Oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice for people trying to eat healthier or lose weight.
Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein which work together to keep you fuller, longer. Not to mention they support healthy digestion.
Avoid oatmeal with added sugar and flavoring. Use fruit or honey to sweeten your oatmeal, or add an egg on top for a savory breakfast choice.
5. Banana and Peanut Butter
Looking for a breakfast that tastes decadent without the calorie guilt? How about a banana and peanut butter?
One banana and two tablespoons of peanut butter is a nutrient-rich breakfast that also tastes delicious. You can substitute peanut butter for almond butter if you prefer!
6. Cottage Cheese
While I will never personally understand the appeal of cottage cheese - it's still a healthy breakfast option and therefore is included on this list.
Cottage cheese has protein, calcium, and B vitamins. It's a good breakfast because it will keep you full and provide you with the energy you'll need during the day.
If you don't like the taste of cottage cheese, try adding some fruit or nuts for extra flavor.
Coffee has gone in and out of style in the health community but it offers some benefits that you cannot ignore. First, the caffeine in coffee can increase energy and boost your mood.
Coffee is linked to a more active metabolic rate which may help an individual lose weight and burn more calories throughout the day. Coffee also contains antioxidants that can reduce inflammation in the body.
The recommended "dose" of coffee is about 50 - 400mg of caffeine which could be anywhere between half a cup and 4 cups of coffee depending on the strength.
8. Fiber-Rich Smoothies
Another on-the-go option for a healthy breakfast is a fiber-rich smoothie. Adding fiber and protein to your morning smoothie will keep you from snacking between breakfast and lunch.
Smoothies are also a good way to sneak in extra servings of fruits and vegetables. Toss in frozen fruit, fresh spinach, or leftover fruit salad for an antioxidant-rich breakfast in a glass.
Breakfast Is Served!
Now you have 8 healthy breakfast options the next time you're looking to change up your morning routine. Remember that the ideal breakfast has some fiber and some protein because that will keep your mind sharp and keep you full.
If you're not much of a breakfast person, these ideas can also be used for a mid-morning meal or lunch!