You've heard it before, but it bears repeating: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Each morning, you must break the fast that occurred during your sleep (unless you're a sleepwalker that gets up, goes to the kitchen, and eats in in the middle of the night). But for everybody else, getting a nutritious breakfast is the perfect first step to a "good day in the life." Include these foods in your morning meal to get that extra boost of energy you need to seize the day. Carpe diem y'all!
Almonds are aptly classified a superfood in part because of their energy-boosting capabilities. The magnesium in almonds helps work to break down the food you consume into usable energy for your body. According to Rachel Berman, RD, "Research shows that people with low magnesium levels tend to tire more quickly during exercise due to magnesium's role in energy metabolism" (source). Try crushed almonds sprinkled over Greek yogurt for a power-packed breakfast.
Bananas are the perfect solution for those who claim "lack of time" as an excuse not to consume breakfast. They're easily portable and come in their own, natural casing. A high concentration of potassium and B vitamins makes the banana a powerful food that gradually releases energy to your body so you can feel more alert for longer periods of time.
Spend your day buzzing about like a bee by including a dash of honey in your morning meal. Honey translates into energy for your muscles, and is a great pre- or post-workout food. It is low on the glycemic index, so you don't have to worry about crashing later. Drizzle honey on your cereal. Put a squeeze of it in your tea. Just make like Winnie-the-Pooh and get your honey in!
It brings us such joy that scrumptious peanut butter is also known to provide us energy. A combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber maintains stable blood sugar levels and provides your body with a drawn out-release of energy, keeping you fuller and energized for longer. Try spreading some PB on your morning toast or add a dollop to your yogurt.
It doesn't get much more breakfast-y than eggs. A great source of protein, B-vitamins, and iron, the egg will put a serious pep in your step. There are SO MANY WAYS to do eggs for breakfast. Try making an omelette. Put an over-easy egg on toast. Delight in some scrambled eggs with bacon. Need more egg-tastic ideas? Check out these tasty recipes!
Not only does an apple a day keep the doctor away, but an apple a morning keeps your energy flowing. The fiber in apples helps slow the release of energy into your system, keeping you feeling invigorated for longer than say, a cup of coffee, would. The glucose and fructose help supply both your brain AND muscles with the power they need to make today a great day. Top your oatmeal with sliced apple. Alternatively, just eat an apple plain. They're delicious!