Healthy Breakfast Ideas For A Healthy Body (And Mind)
One task you must do as you make your quest to start eating right is planning and preparing a healthy breakfast for yourself.
Breakfast really is one of the most important meals of the day as it’ll fuel you for the hours to come, stabilising blood glucose levels and preventing the chances that you begin to overeat later on in the day.
Breakfast cereal is one of the most common choices for this meal, but sadly, unless you are choosing very wisely, you are likely to end up with a cereal that doesn’t quite fit the bill as far as healthy eating is concerned.
Let’s walk you through some of the main factors to look for when selecting a cold breakfast cereal.
Always keep in mind that if you want the ultimate breakfast cereal, you should opt for a bowl of hot steel-cut oats. No cold breakfast cereal will come out ahead of this one.
Dietary Fibre Intake
The first thing to check out is the dietary fibre content. Does it contain at least 3 grams per serving? If not, rethink that variety.
Dietary fibre is important as it’ll slow the release of the carbohydrates into the blood stream, helping give you more satiety as you head into the day.
Plus, getting your day started with a high fibre cereal can also help promote regularity.
Next up, check out the sugar content. This is one that you really want to look at carefully as far too many cereal varieties have sugar levels that soar far higher than you should ever be eating.
Ideally you want no more than four grams of sugar per 25 grams of carbohydrates.
If it’s higher than this, that cereal isn’t one that will provide long lasting energy, and in most cases, will leave you crashing mid-morning.
Be very careful when considering sugar as many seemingly healthy varieties contain far more sugar than you’d ever imagine.
This is often due to the addition of ingredients such as dried fruit or honey.
Even if it’s a natural form of sugar, it’s still not ideal as far as your diet is concerned.
Also take a quick moment when considering a brand of cereal to look at the ingredient listing on the label. Does it contain all-natural ingredients? Or, is the line-up full of ingredients that you can hardly pronounce?
If so, put that cereal back. Your main mission when it comes to eating healthier should be to strive to only put the most natural of foods into your system.
If you can’t pronounce it, chances are very good it’s not natural.
Size Of Serving
Finally, you’ll also want to take into account the size of the serving.
This is important because even if the cereal is very healthy, low in sugar and high in fibre, if the serving size is a 1/3 of a cup and you eat a cup and a half, you could easily be taking in 500+ calories with the cereal alone.
If weight control is in your interests, this won’t be working in your favour. Make sure that the serving size is reasonable and in alignment with your total daily calorie intake.
Remember, if you eat three servings of a cereal, you also need to multiply the sugar, fibre, and calories by three as well.
This can dramatically change your view on that cereal.
So keep these points in mind. It can be quite challenging finding a good breakfast cereal to serve up but when you do, the difference in how it makes you feel will be worth it.