6 Simple Additions That Can Boost Up Your Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  However, did you know that by simply adding a few key ingredients it can also increase your energy, boost your metabolism and change your cravings for the entire day?  Try these simple additions to help make the most of your breakfast!

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are loaded with cholesterol reducing fiber, energizing protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Because they are relatively tasteless and don’t need to be ground like flaxseeds, they are also extremely easy to incorporate into your day.

Try adding 1tbsp of chia seeds to 1 cup of Greek yogurt and ½ cup fresh fruit for a refreshing and energizing start to your day.

Egg Yolk

The egg yolk has gotten a bad rap because it is where the cholesterol and majority of the calories are found in the egg.  However, it has recently been discovered that dietary cholesterol does not significantly impact body cholesterol.  Moreover, the egg yolk contains high levels of choline, which helps improve brain function.

Try adding 1-2 whole eggs to your morning egg scramble for a brain boosting beginning of your day.

Almond Butter

Almonds are one of the most nutrient dense nuts, which means that calorie for calorie you are getting more vitamins and minerals than any other nut.  One tablespoon of almond butter also contains as much protein as the same amount of animal meat.  Protein keeps you satisfied much longer and helps reduce your cravings for sugars and refined carbohydrates.

Try adding 1tbsp of almond butter to ½ cup of oatmeal for a sustaining start to your day.

 

 

Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts are a completely amazing yet underrated source of vegan protein.  A single serving of 3 tbsp., has 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of Omegas and 3 grams of fiber. They have a texture similar to sunflower seeds but with an even more delicate flavor, making them a perfect way to sneak in extra protein to your plant based breakfast without changing the taste.

Try adding 3tbsp of hemp hearts to your morning smoothie for a nutrient balanced start to your day.

Green Tea

One of the most powerful components of green tea is its high level of the antioxidant EGCG.  EGCG has been shown to protect your cells and have a powerful impact on cardiovascular health.  A study at Purdue University showed that the simple step of adding lemon juice increased the amount of EGCG by up to six times!

Try adding fresh lemon juice to your green tea first thing in the morning for a heart healthy day.

Vegetables

Vegetables are our best source of vitamins and minerals.  Unfortunately we typically wait until the end of the day to incorporate them.  Vegetables are also high in fiber so trying to get the recommended 5 servings in one sitting can be daunting, if not uncomfortable!  Breakfast is a great time to incorporate more vitamin filled vegetables, which will help you feel full longer as well as energized from the added vitamins and minerals.

Try adding ½ cup of chopped vegetables to your egg scramble or sneaking in 1 cup of leafy greens to your morning smoothie for an invigorating start to your day.

This week try adding one of these simple breakfast additions and be sure to let me know how it goes!

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