Eat breakfast. These words are very possibly the most repeated nutritional advice ever given. And whether you’ve heard it from your mother or from a healthcare practitioner, it’s good advice. in fact, helping our patients find ways to improve the quality of the breakfast meal is one of the cornerstones of our nutrition practices. It’s also at the core of what inspired us to create Zing Bars. You probably already know that eating a balanced breakfast – one containing protein, healthy fats and especially fiber – helps keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the morning, leading to:
- Improved brain power
- Elevated energy levels
- Stable moods
- Key Point: Eating a high-fiber breakfast can help us manage our weight, mood and energy levels while reducing our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Eat some vegetables for breakfast. Veggies are full of fiber, not to mention vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytochemicals. Scramble eggs with any veggies you have on hand: diced zucchini, sweet bell peppers, onions, chopped spinach – the possibilities are endless. Leftovers from dinner like roasted veggies work great. Garnish with some avocado slices.
- Try this nutrient dense, high-fiber smoothie. To your blender add: one apple (cored and cut into chunks), ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon cashew butter, the juice of one lemon, and ½ cup water. Blend for 1-2 minutes. Add a handful of greens such as kale or spinach and blend for another minute or so. Play around with the amount of greens you like – start small!
- Doctor up your oatmeal with blueberries or sliced apples, a handful of almonds. Try adding shredded unsweetened coconut for a twist.
- Ever tried beans and rice for breakfast? A bowl of black beans and brown rice mixed with your favorite salsa and topped with avocado makes a delicious and satisfying breakfast.