Start Your Day With a Healthy Breakfast
By Stephen R. Farris
Eating a healthy breakfast is a great way to start off the day. You feel more energetic and alert mentally as you head out the door to work or school.
However, in order to feel that way it will depend on what you eat. There's good breakfast choices and not so good ones that can cause you to begin to feel sluggish before noon.
So what are some of the good food choices that constitute a healthy breakfast? Let's take a quick look and see.
Eggs can actually help with eye health due to the yolks containing lutein and zeaxanthin. Eating eggs at the start of the day can also give you a fuller feeling. Choline, found in eggs, are beneficial for brain and liver health. Not to mention they are loaded with protein.
Most people won't even talk to you unless they've had their first cup of coffee in the morning. While I'm joking about it, in some parts it has been known to be true. So what does coffee do? Believe it or not, it actually can put you in a better mood, mainly due to the caffeine it has. Of course, caffeine can be found in other beverage products, and it has been found to actually increase your metabolic rate. Because of this, you could actually lose a few pounds. Coffee also has additional advantages, such as protecting cells in your blood vessels, decreases risk of developing diabetes and liver disease, and reduces inflammation due to antioxidants found in it.
Oats contain a fiber called oat beta-glucan. Oats are high in antioxidants and can help keep your fatty acids from going rancid. Eating oats is considered heart healthy and is good for lowering blood pressure.
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and/or raspberries are rich in antioxidants, low in sugar and high in fiber. A great breakfast combination is to add berries to your oatmeal or yogurt. They're also great just as a side dish on your breakfast plate. Health benefits include reducing inflammation, promotion of good cholesterol, and protecting cell linings in your blood vessels.
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