We talk a lot about the importance of breakfast. Your mom always said it was the most important meal of the day, and your nutritionist would agree. Not only does breakfast give you the energy to start off your day on the right foot; it revs up your metabolism so that you can enjoy another day of progress toward your ultimate weight loss plan goal.
But of course, not all breakfasts are created equal. Some of the food we typically consider to be “breakfast food” could undermine your weight loss plan. They are often high in starchy carbohydrates, so they’re high in calories and low in nutritional value. Plus, they won’t leave you feeling full for very long, and soon you will crave more sugar.
Like the rest of the foods you enjoy on your weight loss plan, breakfast should be high in protein, include a little fat, and be lower in carbohydrates (ideally from healthier sources). So what does a “good” breakfast look like? These ten suggestions include fewer than 17 carbs, and include the protein and fat that you need to keep your metabolism burning all morning long.
- Broccoli pesto omelet with mixed greens – 271 calories, 12 grams of carbs, 20 grams of protein, and 17 grams of fat
- Crustless quiche – 173 calories, 9 grams of carbs, 12 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fat
- Almond flour pancakes with yogurt and nectarines – 209 calories, 12 grams of carbs, 11 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat
- Avocado sweet potato toast with poached egg – 147 calories, 10 grams of carbs, 7 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat
- Chorizo tomato and egg breakfast skillet – 376 calories, 16 grams of carbs, 21 grams of protein, and 21 grams of fat
- Quinoa edamame egg muffins – 230 calories, 16 grams of carbs, 19 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat
- Tofu and veggie sausage scramble with turmeric – 191 calories, 13 grams of carbs, 20 grams of protein, and 8.6 grams of fat
- Vegan chickpea frittata – 126 calories, 17 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fat
- Curried tofu-spinach scramble – 214 calories, 5 grams of carbs, 18 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fat
- Egg and bacon mini casseroles – 300 calories, 14 grams of carbs, 17 grams of protein, and 20 grams of fat
You can Google all of these dishes to find recipes, but do remember to pay attention to portion sizes. Some recipes result in servings for two or even four people, so make the necessary adjustments if you’re cooking for one.
If you need any more help with your weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We can help you identify the right foods you should be eating, and answer any other questions you might have.