Although that coffee shop pastry may be tempting, chances are it really isn’t part of a complete breakfast. Choosing the right foods in the morning and eating a healthy, well-balanced breakfast can lead to other healthier choices throughout the day.
Studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast, promotes weight loss, better energy levels, and optimal mood.
A balanced diet includes adequate amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Sources of complete protein include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. Consuming enough protein on a daily basis is vital to the integrity of your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s also important for recovering from exercise and physical activity.
As far as fat and carbohydrates, it’s best to talk with a registered dietician or medical professional to assess your daily needs. Foods high in saturated fat include animal products, dairy, egg yolks, and coconut oil. Unsaturated fats provide essential fats that the body needs, as well as heart health benefits. Sources of unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) include canola oil, olive oil, almonds, pecans, avocados, flaxseeds, walnuts, and fish.