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postheadericon Breakfast Benefits – Reasons Why You Need to Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast - Start Your Day Off Right!

Breakfast – Start Your Day Off Right!

Breakfast Benefits

If you eat a healthy breakfast each and every day, you can expect to receive some, or even all of the following benefits! 1. More energy throughout the day. 2. Improved concentration for school/work. 3. Lower cholesterol levels. 4. Helps manage your weight. 5. Can reduce the risk of heart disease. 6. Increases your metabolic rate. 7. Helps lower your blood pressure. 8. Helps prevent obesity. Don’t make excuses! Many people tend to not eat a nutritious breakfast, or even any breakfast at all, because they are — too busy, too tired, don’t have enough time, not hungry, consider eating breakfast not important or simply don’t know how to make a healthy breakfast. If you find that you are not eating a healthy breakfast please consider the above reasons for why you should. If you need help or guidance, feel free to contact me and I will offer some advice in hopes that you will do whatever it takes to make sure you start eating breakfast -which truly is the most important meal of the day, and for many reasons! This is essentially why I made this website. To hlep people make healthy food choices when it comes to breakfast… Good Luck!

Nutritional Benefits

Fiber

–Eating breakfast can give your body the fiber it needs to get a healthy start to your day! Oatmealoffers lots of fiber.

Carbohydrates

–Eating carbohydrates for breakfast gives your brain the fuel it needs to start the day off right. Try a bowl of oatmealand some toast.

Protein

–Eating protein provides your body with a lot of the essential amino acids it needs to function properly. Try eating a couple of scrambled eggs, which are a good source of protein.

Fats

–Add some avocado to your scrambled eggs for some healthy fats, yum!

Vitamins

–Add a glass of orange juice or eat a couple of oranges for a good dose of vitamin c for breakfast.

Minerals

 

postheadericon Calories – How to Figure Out How Many Calories You’re Eating in a Day

Calories - About 115 in 1 large apple

Calories – About 115 in 1 large apple

Calories

Counting calories is important to managing your weight. Whenever I have tried to lose weight over the years, I would try a variety of techniques – cutting out fat, eating less carbohydrates, not eating after a certain time at night – you get the picture. What I’ve finally come to realize is that it’s all about the almighty calorie! If you eat just the right amount (of recommended daily) calories, you’ll maintain your current weight. If you eat a little less, you’ll lose weight. If you eat a little more, you’ll gain weight. It’s pretty simple if you think about it. Well, the counting part is simple. The adhering to it is not always so simple!

How Many Calories

Whether you want to maintain, lose, or gain weight, you’ll need to first find out what your recommended daily allotment of caloriesis. Once you have this number, you can now start planning for how many calories you’re going to subtract if you want to lose weight. A gradual loss of one to two pounds a week is the best way to lose weight, and keep it off. Say you need 2,200 calories a day to maintain your weight, yet you want to lose 1 pound that week. Since 3,500 calories is equal to one pound, you’ll need to subtract 500 calories from each day, leaving you an average of 1,700 calories that you can eat for that day in order to lose 1 pound for the week.

Calorie Counter

So how many calories are you eating every day? You can figure them out using a few different techniques. Using a calorie counter/calculatoris a really good idea when you’re first starting to count your calories as it allows you to enter a food in order to get the amount of calories in that particular food. At the end of the day you’ll have a total of the calories you ate for that day.

Good to Know

Over time, you’ll start to learn how many calories are in a particular food, making it so that every time you eat you’ll be able to count the calories in your head. Also, since you are limited in the amount of calories you can eat for the day, make every single one count (for nutritional purposes)! 1 gram of protein = 4 calories 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories 1 gram of fat = 9 calories!

 

postheadericon Tomatoes – A Healthy Addition to Your Breakfast Meal

Tomatoes are Healthy!

I remember when I was a kid, I did not like Tomatoes. I thought they looked funny and when I finally got the courage to actually taste one, the flavor was not appealing at all (a dash of salt probably would have helped). As a lot of people know, when you grow up your tastes tend to change. Luckily for me I eventually developed a taste for eating Tomatoes. Tomatoes are officially listed as both a vegetable and a fruit.

How to Eat Tomatoes

I put Tomatoes in salads, in sandwiches, in pasta dishes, on burgers, on pizza, and use them as a side dish for a variety of healthy meals. Oh, and I absolutely love Tomato Soup, with a toasted cheese sandwich on the side, of course.

Tomatoes for Breakfast

For breakfast, sometimes I’ll put a few thin slices of tomato on toast with a little olive oil drizzled on top. Or I’ll add some slices on the side when I eat scrambled eggs. A good old-fashioned BLT is also quite enjoyable, yet I don’t eat them as often as I used to due to the high fat content in mayo, and the general unhealthiness that accompanies regular bacon. I also would eat more than one because they’re so good! (Maybe I can make a healthier version? hmmmm…). For a vegetarian breakfast, I eat them on a bagel along with a little Neufchatel Cheese and vegetarian bacon.

So how healthy are tomatoes?

Tomatoes… • are full of vitamins and antioxidants • include lycopene (a flavonoid antioxidant), which protects the body from harmful free radicals and are known to help prevent cancer • are rich in potassium • are low in calories • help to lower cardiovascular disease

A Few More Popular Types of Tomatoes

-Roma, Heirloom, Early Girl, Beefsteak, Plum, Cherry, Grape Did You Know… -Tomatoes are America’s fourth most popular vegetable? -Tomatoes are grown in all 50 states? With California growing a whopping 96% of them? -China is the largest producer of Tomatoes? -French people used to call the Tomato the ‘apple of love’? -The heaviest Tomato on record weighed in at more than 7 pounds? TIPS: -Tomatoes that are fully ripe when picked contain a lot more vitamin C ad beta-carotene -Storing Tomatoes in the refrigerator isn’t highly recommended as this can reduce flavor and firmness. Instead, store them in a cool dry place… -Tomatoes are more easily absorbed into the body if you add a little (healthy!) fat when eating them, such as olive oil or an avocado

 

postheadericon Vegetarian Breakfast – Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Tomato, and… Bacon?

A Great Alternative to Regular Bacon!

Choosing to eat a Vegetarian Breakfast is easier than some may think, making this healthy breakfast recipe a must for practicing vegetarians as well as one that people who aren’t vegetarians will surely like, as well!

Vegetarian

I ate this breakfast a lot while in college just a couple years ago, and loved it so much that I have made it a regular part of my diet. I had a few leftover pieces of bacon from breakfast the previous day and as I was making a bagel with cream cheese, I wondered what it would taste like if I added bacon. And since I love BLT sandwiches, and I had a few tomatoesthat were ripe, I began to experiment. I toasted the bagel until it was well done (I like just about all my foods well done), put about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on top (watch those fat calories!), then the bacon, and then the tomatoes on top. I took a bite of my new creation, and liked it so much that I ate this as a mid-breakfast snack at least once a week.

BAGEL:

Choose a whole wheat or whole grain bagel that contains as few ingredients as possible. TIP – Wait until the bagel cools off for a minute or two before putting on the cream cheese so it won’t melt into the bagel. Unless you like that, of course! (A bagel is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

CREAM CHEESE:

Substitute Neufchatel Cheese, which tastes very similar and contains about 30% less in both fat and calories. (Cream cheese is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

TOMATOES:

Choose your favorite tomato – Roma, Beefsteak, Hothouse, it’s up to you! Remember to add a dash of salt to bring out that great tomato flavor! (Tomatoes are considered to be a vegetarian food.)

BACON:

Since eating bacon has been considered to be not so healthy due to the nitrates, I started to use Smart Bacon instead. This is a great bacon substitute for vegetarians! Although it may take some time to get used to the difference, I highly recommend giving it a try as it is so much better for you and can easily be integrated into your healthy diet regime. (Regular bacon is notconsidered to be a vegetarian food.)

Vegetarianism

I’ve only recently thought about becoming a vegetarian. I’ve always liked to eat meat, so although the thought has crossed my mind from time to time, I never thought about seriously until lately. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and it was a real eye-opener. I’ve cut down on how much meat I eat, and am currently finding meat substitutes, such as the Smart Bacon mentioned here in this post. Now the idea of being vegetarian is appealing to me and I think about this every time I go grocery shopping. For instance, recently I wanted to buy lunch meat and I looked for a vegetarian substitute and found one. Although eating vegetarian foods will take some getting used to, that’s fine. I just add a few other foods (avocado, red leaf lettuce, provolone cheese) to make the overall sandwich one that is quite delicious!