I’ve been asked many times what my secrets to healthy living are, and the truth is that there isn’t one thing that makes a person healthy. Like anyone else, I try my best to cultivate healthy habits, but of course I’m not perfect! However, if you want to get serious about eating healthier, my tip would be to start with the first meal of the day: breakfast. While I don’t have any huge secret to spill, I do have a few tricks that will transform your breakfast into fuel for an energizing start to the day.
5 Steps to a Healthier Breakfast
1. Swap carbs for protein. Bagels, cereals and other carb-heavy meals are easy go-tos when it comes to breakfast. But if your breakfast is made entirely of carbohydrates, you’re going to feel it about an hour later when they turn to sugar — hello, instant hunger. You can easily combat this by making sure your meal has a protein-rich element like eggs, avocado or greek yogurt (more on that below).
2. Make your smoothie at home. Even the green smoothies in the natural section of grocery stores can be loaded with added sugar, and the only way to avoid this is to make it yourself. Green juices and smoothies are good replacements for fruit juices and processed beverages as long as you know the ingredients. And another drink you can’t go wrong with? Water… The perfect way to start off your day hydrated and healthy!
3. Don’t forgo the veggies. Speaking of greens, they’re not just for dinner sides and smoothies. Fry up an omelette complete with vegetables like spinach, peppers and mushrooms to take your breakfast up a notch on the health scale. Or, mix up a medley of veggies topped with an egg for a breakfast burrito bowl… The possibilities are endless and vegetables can be surprisingly flavorful! ^_^
4. Health-ify your parfait. Fruit, yogurt and granola are a great replacement for the sugary, processed cereals in your morning routine, but there’s a thin line: store-bought granolas can be just as unhealthy as cereal so always make sure to opt for simple ingredients or make your own to make sure you get the nutrients you want. As far as fruit, fresh is always best, and greek yogurt will give you the protein to fill you up.
5. Prep the night before. Naturally, some of what you see in my tips above takes a little more preparation than your typical cereal and milk or store-bought pastry regimen. Commit to a healthier breakfast and brighter morning by prepping beforehand. Granolas and certain breakfast recipes will keep overnight, and you can always chop up your veggies and store them in an airtight container in the fridge if you’d like to save extra time on that smoothie or omelette.
See why some of the foods I mentioned above are so good for you in my detoxifying foods roundup.