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How to Boost Your Breakfast

By Sara Butler

Breakfast. It's an important meal. Some would say it's even the most important meal you'll have all day. There's some argument to be made for its importance. After all, it's the meal that sets you up for the whole day -- which is precisely why it shouldn't be skipped. But it's not a meal you should get complacent with, either. It's important to seek out ways to nutritionally boost your breakfast. Luckily, there are some easy ways you can make your breakfast a little healthier. Here are some great tips to help you get started.

Throw in Some Antioxidants

Antioxidants play a big role in your health. They help your body to deal more effectively with stress, which can take a toll on your immune system. If you can incorporate at least one source of antioxidants into your breakfast, then you can make a big difference in your health.

Berries are a great source of antioxidants and easy to work into your meal. If you have oatmeal for breakfast, then include some blueberries. A smoothie lover?  Throw in a handful of blackberries. If you love Greek yogurt in the mornings, then strawberries can give it a boost. Easy!

Go for Whole Grains

Experts agree that whole grains are always going to be a better choice over refined grains such as cereals and baked goods. That's because whole grains are full of fiber to help you feel fuller for longer and keep your blood sugar stable. It also helps to keep your digestive system humming along as it has a positive impact on your cholesterol levels.

The trick with whole grains is to ensure they're whole grains. Look at the ingredients list of the foods you want to buy and make sure something such as whole wheat flour, oats, rye, or flax is the first ingredient. Stay away from enriched wheat flour or fortified wheat flour when you can -- it's a dead giveaway that the product isn't a whole grain one.

Have Some Protein

Protein is a great way to start off your day, too. It helps to keep your blood sugar stable and helps you to feel satisfied as you work through the morning. Eggs are one of the best sources of breakfast protein, but there are others out there too. Nut butter is a great choice for your morning toast and adding a scoop of protein powder to your morning smoothie is a good choice as well.

Try these tips to make your breakfast even better!

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

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