Healthy Breakfasts to Kick the Day Off Right

Breakfast is, by far, the most important meal of your day! Not only will it give you the energy to get through your morning (the busiest time of day), but it will set the tone for the rest of your day. If eat a healthy, balanced breakfast, you're more likely to continue that habit at all your other meals. Eat an unhealthy breakfast, and you may end up cheating on your diet. Here are a few awesomely healthy breakfasts to help you start your day off right:

Banana Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a very healthy breakfast, as the oats are rich in protein, fatty acids, and healthy fiber. Adding a banana will give you a bit of sugar for energy, but it will also provide potassium to keep your electrolytes balanced. Both bananas and oats are very rich in fiber, making it a delicious meal that will also keep you satiated. If you really want to make it a healthy feast, add a spoonful of peanut or almond butter into the mix for a bit more protein and healthy fats.

Protein Shake

There's nothing like a delicious protein shake to start your day off right! Make it with milk, which increases the protein content and adds more Vitamin D and calcium to your meals. Throw in a handful of your favorite berries, thereby providing antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber. With a scoopful of your favorite flavored protein powder, it's the perfect way to get all the amino acids your body needs to have enough energy to get through the day.

Greek Breakfast Bowl

This delicious recipe combines the high protein of eggs with the healthy fiber, minerals, and plant-based protein of quinoa. It's served with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, with a hint of dill yoghurt sauce to add flavor. It's one of the healthiest breakfasts around, and it's beautifully low in calories.

Muesli

It may be an unusual meal (oats soaked in milk overnight), but it's a surprisingly delicious one. Chop up a few of your favorite fruits (like strawberries, peaches, or apples), drop in a handful of nuts and raisins, and sprinkle some healthy seeds on top, and it's the perfect high-energy meal. Plus, the high protein and fiber content of the meal makes it very good for your health!

Whole Wheat/Buckwheat Waffles

Whole wheat flour is high in fiber, meaning the carbs in the waffles will be absorbed into your body more slowly. Buckwheat is an even healthier alternative, as it's made from grass rather than grain, and thus has a much lower carbohydrate content. Add healthy toppings like fruit, granola, yoghurt, and honey, or splurge with a bit of organic Canadian maple syrup.

Breakfast Pizza

Say what? How is a pizza healthy? It's healthy when you use whole wheat pita as the crust, and top it with your favorite breakfast toppings: tomato sauce, cheese, bacon, and turkey sausage. Add some diced onion and tomato, a sprinkling of basil, and even a bit of sirloin steak, and you've got one heck of a breakfast!

Lox and Bagels

While white flour bagels aren't the healthiest option around, you can always buy whole wheat bagels--or simply replace the bagels with whole wheat toast. Spread a bit of cheese on top of the bread, and add smoked salmon to get more Omega-3 fatty acids in your breakfast. With a generous helping of your favorite sliced vegetables (such as bell peppers, jalapenos, or tomatoes), you've got a fiber-rich, healthy fat-laden meal that will give you energy for hours to come.

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