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A hearty breakfast will set you up for the day
Start your morning on a positive note and create a happy momentum for the rest of the day. The right kind of breakfast will kick start your inner engine and boost your metabolism. Did you know that a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be jam-packed with carbohydrates? Quite the opposite! Start your day by tucking into some high-quality protein that will keep you full for longer and will help you slim down as well. Get inspired with our low-carb breakfast tips that can be used as part of your diet plan as well as your normal healthy diet.
Why is breakfast good for you and when should you have it?
During sleep, the body rests and replenishes its energy to meet the demands of the day to come. Whilst fast asleep, you are breathing and your heart is beating, which means that the body uses a lot of energy even during the night. This energy needs to be sufficiently replenished in the morning.
A regular breakfast is one of the factors that will help you lose weight more easily and keep it off as you won’t feel the need to fill up on the missing fuel during the day. Ideally, you should have breakfast within one hour of waking up. However, if you don’t like eating straight after getting up, don’t despair. Any first meal of the day is breakfast after all! It’s entirely up to you whether you have your breakfast at home, at work or after your morning workout.
“When you are trying to lose weight, it’s good to have breakfast within one hour of waking up. Other meals should follow in 2-3-hour intervals. However, don’t force yourself to eat in the morning at all costs!”
If even a small mouthful of food is a tall order for you in the morning, start slowly. All you need to do at the beginning is to just have a bite of something and then slowly, day by day, prepare your stomach for slightly bigger portions. It is also important to allow plenty of time to eat your meal to avoid any digestive problems. Everyone is so busy these days, so we made sure that our diet breakfast tips can be rustled up in no time.
What should a healthy breakfast look like?
Your morning hydration routine
Make sure you have something to drink straight after waking up. Ideally, this should be plain water to which you can add a drop of detoxifying lemon juice. The body is dehydrated after the night, so it’s important to rehydrate it. Apart from water, you can also go for unsweetened mineral water, vegetable juice or herbal, green or fruit tea. Or how about a home-made soft drink? It looks fabulous and it’s simple to make. All you need to do is to put some herbs or fruit in the water and let them do the job by infusing the water overnight. Just make sure you don’t squeeze the fruit into the water as it is high in sugar. Also, be careful about fruit juice – it could turn your breakfast into a carbohydrate feast.
Can’t function without coffee?
To prevent dehydration, make sure you drink a glass of water before you enjoy your morning coffee. Or why not combine coffee with breakfast? How? Try our chocolate flavour protein iced coffee. Feel free to add a dash of milk – a delicious taste guaranteed!
The best low-carb breakfast and not just for a diet. Sweet or savoury? The choice is yours!
Tips for a light sweet breakfast packed with protein
- Protein mash – comes in several popular flavours: chocolate, apple and cinnamon, vanilla and banana, raspberry. Feel free to get creative with the topping – sprinkle with nuts, seeds, cinnamon or cocoa powder. Let your taste buds decide. Looking for some inspiration? Try our tips.
- Protein pancakes. Hmm, yummy!
- Protein drinks and protein smoothies are a quick breakfast solution – just mix with water, shake and you’re off! Every day can taste different as you can choose from a variety of flavours. Do you fancy hazelnut and chocolate or would you rather try the refreshing mango and apricot?
- Greek yoghurt, natural yoghurt, full-fat curd cheese or skyr – just add:
- your favourite healthy nuts (cashew, almonds, Brasil nuts, walnuts or hazelnuts) and seeds (pumpkin, hemp, sunflower)
- a couple of pieces of low-carb fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
- good-quality cocoa powder or cinnamon to add flavour
- chicory syrup or xylitol to sweeten
- Butter protein croissant. You can treat yourself to as many as two pieces when on a diet. Alternatively, you can have one with another source of protein, such as natural yoghurt.
- A tip for the weekend! When you have more time, try to finish off your protein pancakes in the oven.
Let’s finish with a bang!
Tips for a light savoury protein breakfast
- An egg omelette from 2 eggs, protein omelette, fried eggs or garlic flatbread with vegetables. You can add cucumber, green leaf salad, tomatoes as well as sautéed courgette, aubergine, pepper, pumpkin or mushrooms. Occasionally, you can treat yourself to some crispy bacon.
- Protein bread with butter, cheese, ham or avocado.
- Cottage cheese, mozzarella, Greek-style cheese, halloumi or good-quality ham with a high meat content (over 90%) accompanied with vegetables. Wrap your slices of cucumber or pepper in a slice of ham and turn your breakfast into a pleasant aesthetic experience.
- Avocado with ricotta cheese or a soft-boiled egg. Be generous with salt, ideally using coarse salt or Maldon salt. Add a slice of smoked salmon for the perfect finishing touch.
- Tuna with tomatoes, green leaf salad and some onion (which you can fry lightly) to give your salad a nice crunch.
Author of the updated article: Nikola Nevečeřalová
Photos: KetoDiet, Unsplash.com
For more inspiration on delicious low-carb breakfasts, go to our recipe page.