Mom always said, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Well, in our case, it was our grandmother, who liked to refer to herself as the “original nutritionist.” Guess what? She was right! Starting your day with a nutritious and delicious breakfast is one of the smartest things you can do for your mind, body, and spirit.
There’s plenty of research showing that breakfast eaters perform better in school and at work. Food provides fuel for the brain so you can learn new things and accomplish more tasks. Breakfast eaters also are more successful with weight loss and weight maintenance. Think about the word breakfast –it means that you are “breaking the fast.” From your last meal the previous night to the morning when you awaken, you’ve likely been fasting for at least 8 hours. That means you start your day with a pretty low metabolism and by eating breakfast, you give a boost to your metabolism. Eating breakfast also helps to prevent overeating later in the day, which is pretty common in breakfast-skippers.
Your ideal breakfast should be a high-protein, high-fiber combo. Think eggs, fruit, and oatmeal, or yogurt, berries, and granola. We love eating eggs for breakfast, as there are so many ways to prepare them – scrambled, poached, sunny-side up, hard-boiled, and omelet-style. You can use the whole egg – don’t worry about the cholesterol, as dietary cholesterol is not the culprit in raising blood cholesterol, rather it’s saturated fat. If you don’t like the yolks, then go for the whites, which is just clean and lean protein. Try our easy and delicious Fluffy, Cheese, Scrambled Eggs.
- 1 egg + 2 egg whites (or 4 egg whites)
- 1 tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- pinch cracked black pepper
- optional, 1 tbs. minced chives
- Coat a small nonstick skillet with olive oil cooking spray and place over medium-high heat until hot.
- Crack eggs into a bowl and add cheese, pepper, and chives (if using). Whisk until frothy. Add to the hot pan and turn the heat down to medium-low.
- Allow the eggs to cook for about 30 seconds and then gently push the egg from the outside of the pan toward the center with a spatula, tilting the pan to allow the liquid egg to take the empty place on the pan. Once the egg has just started to set on the bottom, flip the egg over to cook on the other side for 30 seconds.
- Remove to a pan and enjoy.