Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It wakes you up, fills you with energy, and propels you through the day until you reach your next meal.
At least that’s what it should do.
Unfortunately, the hectic nature of our society has made breakfast optional for many.
As a result, breakfast has been dominated by sugary cereals and convenient, microwavable sandwiches – both of which can do your body more harm than good throughout the day.
You can start having better mornings by eating better food.
Here are 4 ways you can put some nutrition back into your breakfast.
1) I Can’t Believe I Don’t Need Butter (the high in salt, non-grass fed kind that is!)
Many of us grew up with salty, non-grass fed butter at the breakfast table, and due to its spreadable nature, there’s no shortage of things to put it on.
Whether you’re lactose intolerant or want to avoid butter’s 80% fat makeup, there are healthier options out there for you to consume.
Mashed avocado goes great on toast and is even better on eggs.
Nut butters (such as ones made from almonds or cashews) can also provide a good source of protein and beneficial fats, which can be easily spread on toast or an English muffin.
2) Bring on the Turkey Bacon or Mushrooms
While it’s true that your body does need certain fat, traditional bacon can give your body more than it needs.
Switching to turkey bacon or sausage can help lower the number of calories and sodium you consume during breakfast.
While turkey bacon is a healthier option, it should be noted that any processed meat can have a negative effect if it’s eaten too frequently.
If you miss the crunch of a fresh piece of bacon but have given up eating meat, try baking thinly sliced mushroom strips for a delicious and healthy substitute.
3) Drink Smoothies, Not Juice
When we think of the “morning,” we think of the sun rising over the horizon, and no drink embodies that image more than orange juice.
Unfortunately, orange juice’s charm may be tainted by the fact that it’s full of sugar, like many juices that are consumed at breakfast.
Smoothies are a healthy alternative to juice, and you can use almost any fruits to make them.
Adding Greek yogurt to a smoothie is also great for active mornings, and aloe water, rice milk, almond milk, or coconut water can be used as a base in substitute for juice.
4) Modify Your Morning Cup of Coffee
Coffee has already shown to have long-term health benefits, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make it healthier for you.
For one, if you are one who pours sugar endlessly into one single cup of coffee then you could start by easing up.
If you need your coffee sweet try a natural sweetener like honey, but stay away from artificial ones as they contain many things your body doesn’t need.
Another healthy way to add some zest to your cup is with cinnamon, which can lower your cholesterol and blood glucose.
What’s your go-to healthy breakfast? Let us know in the comments, we can all learn to eat better if we see others around us taking small steps to live a healthier life.