Spring is around the corner, and you'll finally be able to ride your bike around, play with the kids at the park or take the dog for long walks without fearing you'll get a cold. Now that the weather conditions will allow you to spend your time outdoors in a more active manner, you'll need some more energy to stay busy, and you'll need to start with a nutritious, delicious breakfast to get you going.
Whether it's work day and you're heading to one of the CPA firms or it's weekend and you plan on playing golf and hitting the outlets, you need to eat breakfast before leaving the house because this most important meal of the day gives you the necessary energy to work or play, but it also jumpstarts your metabolism for the day. So enjoy the sunshine outside and get up ten minutes earlier to be able to sit down and eat a good breakfast instead of grabbing something unhealthy on the run.
If you have no ideas for a balanced breakfast, reach for staples and put a little twist on them. Scramble a couple of eggs and look for different veggies, cheese, and ham in the fridge. It's all up to your preferences what you make your scramble with, but consider adding spinach leaves, corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, even broccoli to the eggs for a healthier mix. Toss in some shredded cheese and ham, give it a stir and your breakfast is ready. If cooking takes up more time than you expected, or you're still getting used to getting up earlier, stuff your eggs into pita bread for a healthy breakfast to go.
If you're not a fan of eggs or prefer your breakfast cold, a quick salad is the way to go. Spring is the vegetable time so it's a great idea to make a cucumber, tomato, radish and scallion mix for a crunchy meal. You can also have some cottage cheese on the side or prepare a yogurt sauce with herbs and spices for extra health. And if you prefer fruit, some fresh berries, banana, apple, nuts and raisins topped with natural yogurt mixed with honey will fill you up and pack enough energy to get you going.
If a sweet breakfast is right for you, forget sugary cereal and go for a spring special. Toast some oatmeal and almonds until they brown lightly, add raisins, cranberries, honey and water, and cook for about five minutes. Then add milk and cook another five minutes, adding your favorite spring fruit towards the end. You can mix in shredded apples, sliced bananas, pineapple chunks, as well as dried apricots or fresh ginger, and you'll have a meal that takes care of hunger and helps keep your cholesterol in check at the same time.
It's important to eat a healthy breakfast all year long, but spring, when the weather changes drastically and you're more prone to colds, and when you notice those few extra pounds leftover from the holiday season, is the best time to eat fruits and veggies in addition to breakfast staples to get you on track with your weight and health, so you can enjoy the sun and get ready for even more outdoorsy summer.