What's For Breakfast?
By Brice Woodard, ABS Team Member
In the age of sugar-laden cereals and endless fast food options, there are more options than ever for breakfast. While this makes it easier to make breakfast a priority, it also leads to choices that are high in fat and sugar which can lead to a variety of health concerns over time.
To counter these breakfast options, there several healthier breakfast options. These are not only super easy to make, but will help save your waistline as well.
Thanks to products such as ABS Protein Pancakes, making healthy, quick and easy pancakes is simpler than ever. With a variety of flavors such as chocolate chip, cinnamon roll, and vanilla cake batter, these mixes can be used for a variety of pancakes.
You can either keep them simple and just add egg whites and almond milk or spruce it up for a delicious pancake recipe. If you're looking for some of these delicious pancake recipes, check out the other recipes we have on our blog.
Who doesn't love bacon? As delicious as it is, it is also incredibly high in fat. Eating more than 1-2 pieces of bacon can boost your caloric intake considerably and lead to overeating.
A great alternative to traditional bacon is turkey bacon. With just a portion of the fat of regular bacon, it contains only a fraction of the calories. This means you can enjoy bacon without the added guilt.
Eggs are a great addition to any meal. Despite the negativity they've received in the past, eggs are a high-quality protein with no carbs to boot.
Eating whole eggs is a great source of protein and choline, selenium, and several B vitamins. If you are trying to lower the fat content, eating egg whites is also a great alternative. If you'd like to keep the flavor of whole eggs but still lower the fat, try a combination. Adding in 1 whole egg for every 3-4 egg whites gives you the best of both worlds.
Most fruit is a welcome addition to breakfast. Different forms of berries, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. contain high levels of antioxidants that can help improve several body functions including immune support.
Adding them on top of pancakes or in with oatmeal can add a touch of sweetness to almost any dish without packing on a lot of extra calories. Stay away from berry-flavored syrups and juices though. These don't contain a lot of the helpful antioxidants and fiber and can actually be more harmful than helpful.
Oatmeal is an excellent source of fiber and a variety of B vitamins. Adding in oatmeal at breakfast will help keep you full throughout the morning as well as utilizing the B vitamins to give you lasting energy throughout the day.
Be sure to avoid the prepackaged versions of oatmeal though. These are usually filled with added sugar. Sticking with old fashioned will give you the benefits you need without all the extras.
Finding something healthier at home to eat isn't always an option. Maybe you're running late or haven't been to the store lately. It could be as simple as everything in the house just sounds unappealing.
If you do venture outside the house to find something to eat for breakfast, be mindful of what you're getting. Most fast food restaurants have nutrition facts listed, as well as all packaged food you would pick up at a gas station. Take a look at the nutrition label before you buy to make sure you are making a good choice.
Breakfast doesn't have to be a stressful time. With a little planning and a few key supplies on hand, a healthy breakfast can be a reality everyday of the week.