By: Elise Zerafa, public relations student at Humber College
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It’s true! Eating a healthy breakfast every morning is an essential part of your diet. It jump-starts your metabolism and gives your body the energy it needs to start your day. Many people neglect breakfast as a way to eat less or consume fewer calories, but these techniques are not a health-conscience decision.
Here are some foods that will get your bikini body started!
Egg whites are exactly what it sounds like, an egg without the yolk! Egg whites contain no fat or carbohydrates, meanwhile they serve 4 grams (g) of protein from just one egg. This food is a great way to fill up in the morning. Its low caloric intake allows you to have more than one without feeling guilty about it; in fact, you can have about four to six at a time!
Oatmeal is a slow-releasing carbohydrate. What that means is although it is higher in carbs then most may prefer, it breaks down much slower than traditional carbs like pasta and bread. Essentially, oatmeal keeps you fuller for a longer amount of time and makes for a great morning meal!
Never fear, carbs are here!
Time and time again, many people continue to pry away from carbs because they fear it will pack on the pounds. Our bodies need carbs for energy and a certain amount a day is needed in order to maintain our leptin levels.
Tomatoes are a great choice when it comes to breakfast; they can be added to just about anything or can simply be eaten alone! Slice up these bad boys, as they make a healthy side or snack to any meal. Tomatoes are filled with antioxidants and are ranked very low on the GI scale. (GI= Glycemic Index, a chart that ranks the amount of sugar content.) The best part about tomatoes is that not only are they nutritious and delicious, but they are affordable too!
Fruits are a great source of energy first thing in the morning. They are made with natural sugars, so just like any other sugar, it gives you a great boost of energy. Natural sugars are better for your body because they digest better, store less fat and are full of fiber. Fruits are also filled with antioxidants which help prevent germs and pesticides from damaging your insides.
Rice Cakes are the undiscovered, health-craze addiction! A great way to replace your morning toast or bagel, rice cakes serve as a beneficial substitute. Much like oatmeal, rice cakes are slow digesting so they keep you fuller for longer. Rice cakes have 5g fewer carbs than your average slice of toast; that is the equivalent to 10g less per sandwich! Being at a 10g carb deficit per day totals to a whopping 70g carb deficit per week. Rice cakes are a great source of energy from carbs to get your bikini body intact. They are gluten-free and come in a variety of your favourite flavours. Click here to find your favourite flavour!
Natural Peanut Butter
Everybody’s favourite food to eat straight out of the jar is peanut butter. Turns out, natural peanut butter contains sources of healthy fats that our bodies need, so don’t fear the spoon-to-jar combination! Other forms of peanut butter out there (crunchy, smooth, creamy etc.) are full of artificial sugars and flavours, whereas natural peanut butter stays true to its name; it’s all natural and all healthy! Getting summer ready is tasty! Natural peanut butter is a great morning food that lacks carbs.
Don’t forget about breakfast and you’ll have your bikini body in no time!
The importance of eating breakfast often goes unnoticed; however, having breakfast every morning is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Breakfast in the morning helps train our metabolism to work at a faster rate so we can burn more calories throughout our day!
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Elise Zerafa is currently a full-time student at Humber College in the public relations program.