Eating healthy food is one of the hardest components of losing weight, but there is a way to enjoy the process without giving up the love of a hardy breakfast or decadent homemade dinner. As long as you can skip the butter and excess carbs/sugar, you are home free to continue enjoying your iron chef aspirations, making delicious homemade food.
Breakfast: Breakfast is the favorite meal of many but it is where too many of us overindulge. There is an idea that breakfast is where you are allowed to have sweet, decadent meals covered in syrups and candied fruits and nuts. Too often we have butter, flakey croissants, or jam covered toast on our plates, basically consuming way too many grams of sugar and carbs that our bodies convert into sugar. To avoid this, check out the healthier options below, or our previous post on breakfast recipes.
Bacon and Egg Whites: This is a go-to breakfast staple. It is low-carb, high in protein, and feels like a hardy morning fix. Try to buy lean, un-marinated or seasoned bacon and stick to the serving size as written on the back label (often two strips). Pair this with three egg whites for less cholesterol and calories, or one egg yolk with two egg whites if you really need the taste of the yolk. Be warned, this doesn’t sound like a lot of food but it’s all you really need for breakfast. Plus, the bacon really does make the meal seem decadent.
Fresh Berries: It is recommended that you eat berries every day and breakfast seems like the perfect meal to squeeze in this recommendation. Make a smoothie with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries for a high fiber meal that will make you full, satisfied, and feel like you just cheated on your diet by having dessert for breakfast. Otherwise, have your berries alongside your eggs, toast, or whatever else you’re having for breakfast.
Apples: If you’re on-the-go kind of person, skip the chocolate covered protein or granola bar and grab some fruit. Apples are perfect for this. They’re high in fiber, not too high in sugar, and are one of the most filling fruits you can get. While you’re at it, make it a general rule to grab fruit over sweets to reduce your sugar and calorie intake. Just don’t go overboard. One or two servings of fruit a day are all you need.
Protein Bars: Not the chocolate or sugar coated ones! Take the time to make some homemade protein bars for a more fulfilling, healthy, and frankly impressive quick fix breakfast. Try the recipe below:
-Put these in a small brownie pan and add shredded coconut on top or drizzled dark chocolate.Bake at 350 just until they aren’t gooey anymore and then store them in the fridge for a great replacement to the usual sugar packed “nutrition” bar.. .