A healthy breakfast starts the day off right. I would be surprised if you have not heard something like that statement before. Although it is true I am not going to try to tell you there is something wrong if you do not prefer breakfast. What I a going to tell you about a healthy breakfast is how it helps you to lose weight as well as providing you with two recipes that are fun and simple. The recipes include cottage cheese and a chocolate smoothie.
How It Helps You Lose Weight
Why is a healthy breakfast an opportunity to lose weight? There are actually a couple of reasons for this. These include raising your metabolism and reducing your hunger and cravings .
When you fast for hours on end your metabolism slows down. This is a survival mechanism built into your body. You may think, 'I have heard of fasting diets and that is not me'. The truth is that the average person has dinner around 6 pm. This will often be followed by a snack around 8 pm. Assuming that one has breakfast it is generally around 7 am. By 7 am you have been fasting an average of 11 hours. By the end of 11 hours your metabolism is significantly slower than it typically is. In fact, the name 'breakfast' came from the idea that you 'break' the evening 'fast' and hence 'breakfast'.
Eating a healthy breakfast begins your metabolism for the day . Although in the case of breakfast any food is better than no food at all it is much better if you have a well-balanced meal. What I mean by this is that there should be a balance in calories coming from protein, carbohydrates and fat. This balance of nutrients provides the added benefit of ensuring that not only does your metabolism speed up but that you also will not store fat.
A healthy breakfast also helps to reduce hunger and cravings. This may not seem immediately obvious why this is important so let me explain. When you have hunger and cravings you are regularly thinking about food throughout the day. You will eat something only to be hungry and low in energy one to two hours later, at which point you eat again. This cycle puts you in a bad position because when you have this hungry feeling if you do not eat your energy level and metabolism go down to near zero. If you do eat, on the other hand, your body will reward you with feelings of energy and increased metabolism but only for a short period of time and not without beginning to store fat.
So when it comes to hunger and cravings it may appear that it is a lose-lose situation. I mentioned about that if you do not eat your metabolism stays low and slow and if you do eat you store fat. Well, let me offer some good news. In the explanation above I was assuming that you are consuming a diet composed of mostly carbohydrates and fats, as most people do. When you eat a diet such as this your blood sugar spikes and then crashes. If you were to plot your blood sugar levels on a chart it would look like a roller coaster ride.
The way to prevent spikes and crashes in your blood sugar levels is to ensure that your meals include protein as well as carbohydrates and fat. When you include protein your metabolism will actually be even higher, your body will not will not be signaled to store fat and you will not have cravings within one to two hours. Including protein to make your healthy breakfast balanced is a win-win.
Our first recipe is a very simple and tasty cottage cheese option. Even if you are not a fan of cottage cheese give this recipe a fair chance. I was not a fan until I tried this and now it is one of my favorites.
Place 2 tbsp of apple sauce in a bowl and add in 3/4 cup of cottage cheese. Top off with 1 tbsp of rains 1 1/2 tbsp chopped walnuts and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon.
If you enjoy chocolate then you will love this healthy breakfast recipe. In 1 cup of water add in 40 gm of vanilla protein, 4 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 flaxseed oil and 1/3 of a banana.
With these recipes you will be on your way to consuming a healthy breakfast each and every day. Most importantly, have fun.