In an attempt to improve my overall health, I have been trying to improve my diet. More water, less soda pop, more vegetables at dinner, and fruit for breakfast and/or snacks. It's a slow work in progress, especially reducing the pop.
Today, instead of going for a piece of toast or an eggo waffle, I decided to eat an apple for breakfast. Because I was still hungry, I also may have had a chocolate chip muffin and a glass of milk afterwards. Another breakfast option that I plan to try later this week is breakfast smoothies. I even bought some quick oats to include in my smoothies!
Although I know that eating any kind of breakfast is better than no breakfast, I have been learning about how some breakfast options are much better than others. For example, a healthy breakfast should include fruits, low-fat protein and dairy, and whole grains. This combination will also help you from getting hungry too quickly.
I may or may not have mentioned this before, I am a fussy eater. As a result, my fruit options are limited. To help save time in the morning (and money, because buying fresh strawberries and raspberries can be expensive), I decided that eating an apple most mornings would be very beneficial.
To help encourage me to eat an apple a day, I found three interesting health benefits:
1. Eating one medium apple counts as one cup of fruit. So, after eating one, you are well on your way to meting your daily fruit quota.
2. Apples are an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C.
3. Prior to your work out, eating an apple may boost your exercise endurance.
Obviously there are many more benefits, but they aren't very relevant to me at this point in my life. Now, I just have to make sure that my new breakfast routine sticks around longer than a few days. The mornings where I have more time, I plan to make breakfast smoothies with quick oats, frozen fruit, low-fat yogurt and juice -- maybe twice a week. What do you eat for breakfast every day?