When you wake up in the morning, your body hasn't had any food for 8-10 hours and is in starvation mode. You need to get your metabolism going by eating something. It can't be just anything though - give your body a healthy and nutritious start to the day, no junk food.
Many people just grab a coffee for breakfast, but coffee is not going to snap your body out of starvation mode. You have to eat, even if it is just a little something. Studies have also shown eating breakfast stabilizes blood sugar levels, which reduces cravings and maintains consistent energy levels. Eating breakfast can improve your mood throughout the day and help you think more clearly.
If you like to sleep in until the last minute, or you just can't deal with eating right after waking up, then have something you can take out with you. Low fat bran muffins, yogurt, fruit or breakfast bars are all good.
Low Fat Bran MuffinsLow fat bran muffins are healthy, low fat and they taste delicious. There's no need to add sugar, but if you need to make them a little sweeter just add raisins.
They're high in fiber and nutrients, and a really convenient snack for on the go. To cut down on preparation time, you can even make several batches and freeze them and defrost as needed.
Peanut Butter and Banana SandwichThis might be the favorite breakfast snack of kids everywhere, but if you make it right it can be a good diet food too. As always, its all about the ingredients.
Firstly, you can't just pick up the first tub of peanut butter that you see. Find one that contains no added sugar or trans fats, and an organic brand if possible. If your supermarket stocks almond butter you can try that too - almonds are a natural appetite suppressant.
For the bread, make sure you use a wholegrain brand. The unprocessed natural grains won't give you a sugar spike like white bread can.
Muesli with FruitThis breakfast snack will give you tons of energy to start your day. Chose a low calorie muesli with no sugar or salt added. If it contains almonds, even better. Studies have shown both oatmeal and almonds to be natural appetite suppressants that can curb your hunger cravings.
To make it a bit more exciting, you can replace the milk with some low fat natural yogurt. Try to use fruits with lower sugar content like raspberries, blackberries, peaches or apples.
Avocado and Tomato on ToastThis is one of my favorite ways to start the day. Just slice up some ripe avocado and tomato, and serve on toast with salt and pepper added to taste. Add a sprig of cilantro if you like.
One thing to remember - make sure that you use wholegrain bread for the toast and not white bread! Unprocessed, natural grains take longer to digest and release energy more slowly into your body. This helps stop food cravings and keeps you feeling full and satisfied for longer.
Smoked Salmon with EggThis is a delicious breakfast snack that's quick and easy to make. Smoked salmon can be a little expensive, but it has a strong flavor so you don't need much of it. If you're on a budget, many supermarkets sell salmon 'off-cuts' for a much lower price, and they're just as good.
It's a great snack for dieters because eggs are a natural appetite suppressant. They promote the release of a specific peptide named PPY that actually helps to curb hunger cravings.
Tuna and Cheese MeltTuna and cheese are both good sources of protein that can fill you up without making you fat. Just remember to use a thin slice of low fat cheese if you can.
Make sure that you use wholegrain bread for this recipe. The fiber will help you to avoid hunger pangs, and the unprocessed grains release energy more slowly into your system.