Start your day right
A nutritious breakfast can be a great start to your day — but what makes a breakfast healthy? It generally means a combination of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of healthy fat. Complex carbs such as whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables help replenish energy stores depleted overnight and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber — which helps you feel full longer.
Adding in lean proteins, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, also helps you delay hunger. One example is low-fat dairy products, which are important sources of vitamins A and D, calcium, and potassium.
A morning meal with these elements will help improve your concentration; provide nutrients important to your heart, bones and other systems; and may help control the amount of calories you take in later in the day.
Choose from at least three of these four food groups to round out a healthy breakfast:
- Whole grains — Whole-grain bread or bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, whole-grain English muffins, and whole-grain waffles.
- Lean protein — Eggs, lean meat, legumes and nuts.
- Low-fat dairy — Milk, plain or low-sugar yogurts, and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage cheese and natural cheeses.
- Fruits and vegetables — Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, 100 percent juice drinks without added sugar, and fruit and vegetable smoothies.
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I have unsalted, roasted cashews that I have been eating. I ordered from Costco. The big container tub of them. I thought I read where cashews are one of the good nuts to eat, pistachios and almonds also.
I have unsalted, roasted cashews that I have been eating. I ordered from Costco. The big container tub of them. I thought I read where cashews are one of the good nuts to eat, pistachios and almonds also. Is bran cereal ok to eat? And with unsweetened almond milk with organic honey.