What is a Healthy Breakfast?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Eating a healthy breakfast helps kids do better in school and be more productive. It also has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, keep your weight down, and help ensure that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Eating a healthy breakfast gives your body the energy it needs to wake up and get moving.
So, what is a healthy breakfast exactly? A healthy breakfast is made up of both protein and complex carbohydrates, the whole-grain variety that will sustain you for a long spell,... rather than the sugary refined kind that fizzes out after a short time making you tired and cranky.
A healthy breakfast includes nutritious foods like: whole grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, skim milk, eggs, unprocessed cheese, lean meats, and 100% fruit juice. Breakfast should provide about 20%-25% (one fifth to one quarter) of your daily nutritional requirements.
Remember to avoid sugary breakfast cereals, fried foods and refined breads and pastries. Besides not giving your body the nutrients and sustainable energy it needs, the high sugar content, saturated fat and "empty calories" can lead to unwanted weight gain.