You've most likely heard it more than a few times: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". As true as that is, one struggle many deal with is having a breakfast that turns out to be unsatisfying in curbing hunger. Instead, most will eat something that will only leave them hungry again just a couple of hours later. But as Women's Health recently revealed, that doesn't have to be the case.
The best thing to do to make a fulfilling breakfast, according to experts, is to create a meal that's complete with lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs. This is a better option than consuming just starchy carbs, which are never filling. A more balanced breakfast will ensure that you're full for more than a couple of hours.
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Experts suggest that lean protein sources are eggs, Greek yogurt, and lean breakfast meats. Good sources of complex carbs include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables- all of which are better than any simple carb sources. As for healthy fats, nut butters, avocado, and healthy oils such as olive oil are vital in a healthy, balanced breakfast. After all, fat helps to absorb vitamins from food. It will also help in keeping you full.
One breakfast item that can be skipped altogether is cereal, according to experts. Most cereals are so high in sugar that they'll end up causing you to crash as a result. In addition, due to a general lack of protein or complex carbs, many kinds of cereal can leave you feeling hungry shortly after eating.
So, what are good breakfast options? If you can make something in advance, overnight oats with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt or baked oatmeal are viable options. For those that have extra time in the morning, a hash full of vegetables and eggs will leave you full while using up several vegetables in your fridge. Those with less time can stick with either savory or sweet toasts with toppings loaded with protein and healthy fats to help keep you full. Just remember- a balanced breakfast will be able to help you stay full long after breakfast is done.