Start The Day Right: Fiber-Rich Breakfast Choices
While all three traditional meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) play a significant role in supplying the daily recommended levels of essential nutrients, dieticians often cite the first meal of the day as most important and the foundation of healthy eating habits.
This is primarily because, in addition, to serving up a significant source of fiber, other healthful foods are usually eaten during breakfast, especially with cereal.
Eating breakfast is a great way to get your metabolism up and running; studies have shown people are more alert and prepared to take on the daily grind when they consume breakfast. This metabolism boost is also a great way to help people shed unwanted pounds, especially if their breakfast is made up of mostly fiber.
Preparing breakfast foods does not have to be a time-consuming process. Here are some ideas to get you going in the morning – on the right track to good health.
- Steel cut oats, raisins and 2% milk. Whole grain breakfast foods are digested more slowly, which keeps the glycemic load down.
- Yogurt topped with Wheat Germ, blueberries and nuts.
- Cottage cheese and berries.
- Omelets, wholegrain toast and half of a fiber rich grapefruit or orange.
- Cheese, avocado and tomato sandwich. Who says you can’t have a sandwich for breakfast?
- Low-fat hard granola bars with 8 oz. skim milk or low-fat soymilk.
- A whole grain bagel topped topped with crunch peanut butter.
- Cereal brands are changing dramatically, and ones like Kashi, Fiber One, All Bran and Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Slim are high in fiber, relatively low in carbs and full of good, crunchy taste.
So before you rush out the door in the morning, remember getting the fiber you need is simple and it’s tasty, not to mention healthy. It’s a good way to get a start on the 25 or more grams of dietary fiber you need each day to help lower cholesterol levels.
Research has shown that if you eat a hearty breakfast containing more than one-quarter of your daily calories you are likely to consume less fat throughout the day. Fiber-rich foods also have a higher intake of essential vitamins and minerals and lower serum cholesterol levels, which are associated with reduced danger of heart disease.