It’s like eating just rice for lunch or dinner. Sounds like a balanced meal right?? NOT! In the olden days, cereal was never sold as a solo breakfast food. You may remember the commercials that advertised a bowl of cereal as a “healthy part of this nutritious breakfast”. That nutritious breakfast included a glass of milk, a piece of fresh fruit and either a couple eggs or a few slices of bacon. Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. By skipping the cereal (and it doesn’t matter how healthy it is) and going for a high protein breakfast that gets at least 30% of its calories from eggs/egg whites or another source of protein, you’ll find that you will retain much less water throughout the day and your resting metabolism will increase about 20%. In other words, a high protein breakfast (30% of total calories coming from protein) will make you feel less bloated, make your pants fit more comfortably, help you burn more calories just sitting at your desk and give you enough energy to get your day off on the right foot. Just because North Americans have been doing something for generations (eating cereal) doesn’t mean it is a good thing. Look at how overweight our society has become! There are some children that are very obese starting at a young age. This is proof that we’ve been doing breakfast wrong for generations and it is time we started doing it right!
So get up a few minutes earlier, skip the cereal and try these breakfast options instead….
1-Egg white omelette with loads of veggies, 1/4 of an avocado, 2 slices of turkey bacon, 1 large glass of water, 1 green tea
3-Protein Smoothie (1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1-2 cups of water/almond milk, 1 cup of frozen berries, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt) Blend and enjoy!
4-1/4 cup of Scottish oats (or any dry oats) with 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 of almond milk + 1 hard boiled egg, 3 hard boiled egg whites + 1/2 grapefruit + 1 cup water, 1 green tea
Or any other combinations of foods that contain PROTEIN (eggs/egg whites, greek yogurt, whey protein powder, turkey bacon), COMPLEX CARBS (preferably fruits and vegetables), HEALTHY FAT (avocado, nuts, all natural peanut/almond butter, olive oil) and VOILA, you have created a healthy, complete and balanced meal!
So to all you breakfast cereal lovers out there, I hope you consider waking up a few minutes earlier and swapping out the cereal with something more substantial. Worst case scenario, it doesn’t help with your cravings/hunger/weight loss at all, and best case, you’ll have some improvement over dietary control. If you’re trying to lose weight you MUST eat protein (at least 30%) at every meal ESPECIALLY breakfast and there are no cereals that provide you with enough protein.
Any comments or other breakfast recipes are always welcomed. And finally what do YOU think about cereal??