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Eating More Healthy in the Morning

By Stephen R. Farris

Sugary breakfast cereals, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches are not the best way to get your mornings off to a good start. All that sugar and high sodium content will only bring you down after a few hours on the job, with lunchtime still a couple of hours away. Therefore, your work performance could lag and cause your boss to keep a closer eye on you, something we don't want to happen.

So what's the solution? Eating a more balanced, healthy breakfast, and ditching the temptations offered by those fast-food restaurants. However, you may need to make a slight lifestyle change, as in waking up earlier to prepare breakfast at home. If you're not an early riser, then some of these breakfast items can be prepared ahead of time, like the night before.

Three Energy Boosting Combos

Three things you should include in your morning diet to give you a healthy energy boost are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. While you may have read that carbs and fats are not always good for you, there are some that are essential for digestive reasons, and to help keep your energy levels up the healthy way. If you're wondering what types of breakfast foods contain these three energy boosting combos, here's a few you should consider below.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is loaded with vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, folate, and Vitamin B1. It's quick and easy to make, so you won't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen each morning. The great thing with oatmeal is that you can add other healthy food items to it, which adds more flavor. You can add berries (usually high in antioxidants), peaches, nuts, or simply eat it plain.

Almonds

When you don't have time to fix a healthy breakfast, but don't want to hit the fast-food drive-thru, then grab a handful of almonds. Almonds do contain fats, but they are the healthy kind. They also contain antioxidants, iron, calcium, and Vitamin E. You can eat almonds in their raw form, or add them to your oatmeal by crushing them up or in a powder form. Even butter can be made from almonds -- also healthy, as it has been shown to help reduce risk of heart disease.

Other Breakfast Foods to Consider

There are a variety of healthy breakfast foods out there, such as eggs, Greek yogurt, fruits, nuts, and berries. So if you're looking to eat more healthy and sustain a more upbeat energy level during the mornings (if not extending into the afternoon), then switch things up. Your body and your boss will take notice! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Burnsville, Minn.

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