Thursday, July 19, 2012

Healthy Breakfast Bento

Have you ever wondered what makes up a healthy breakfast? Or why certain foods are good for Breakfast?
Well this Healthy Breakfast Bento is made up of all the parts of a complete and delicious breakfast that is a great start to your day.

  • Almond Milk 
Having Milk or a (fortified) Milk Substitute is great for breakfast because it has Calcium, Protein, and B Vitamins. Calcium is essential to keep your bones strong and healthy whatever your age and a serving of milk on a bowl of cereal can give you up to one third of your daily calcium requirement.
Other great choices are low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, low fat cottage cheese, and low fat cream cheese.
  •  Blueberries & Cherries
Fruits and Vegetables are important to eat throughout the day, but starting your day off with some fruits like Blueberries and Cherries will give you a huge boost of Vitamins and Antioxidants. This can help you start the day off feeling great. Whole fruits are also low in calories and have filling fiber that helps you feel full and satisfied.
  • Brown Rice Krispies (Gluten Free)
Having a Vitamin fortified cereal is a great idea because it's an easy and quick breakfast that tastes great and has lots of the daily vitamins you need. Why not start your day off right by eating a cereal made with whole grains and is low in sugar. Breakfast should include starchy food as this provides us with energy, B vitamins, iron and fiber. Breakfast cereals, porridge, bread, rolls, English muffins, scones, malt loaf, fruit bread, currant buns and bagels are all good sources of energy that will help you kick-start your metabolism and they’re all low in fat too.
  •   Chia Seeds  
Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds are a great way to add a boost of Fiber to your day, and they are also a good source of healthy Omega 3's. Fiber is great for making you feel full and keeping you satisfied, and it also helps jump start your bowls, moving along all the stuff that's leftover from the day before.

  •  Organic Mighty Mix (Organic Fruit & Nut trail mix from NatureBox)

Nuts are a great source of Protein, and they have Heart Healthy Fats as well, Some nuts are a good source of Iron as well, but if you have a fortified cereal you will be getting iron there as well. Keeping your portion small will help keep calories down. The dried fruits (without added sugars) are filled with healthy Fiber and Vitamins.

Other Healthy Breakfasts with all the vitamins, fiber, protein, and calcium are:
  • Oatmeal with Fruits, Nut Butter, and Milk
  • Greek Yogurt with Fruit, and (low sugar, high fiber) Granola
  • Omelet with Egg Beaters, (low fat) Cheese, and mixed Vegetables
  • Whole Grain Bread (high fiber) with Nut Butter, All fruit Spread and a glass of Milk
  • Whole Grain Bagel (high fiber) with low fat Vegetable Cream Cheese and an Apple
  • Whole Grain Waffles (high fiber) with Fruit and (low fat low sugar) Whipped Cream
  • Breakfast Sandwich with Whole Grain Toast (high fiber), Egg Beaters, (low fat) Turkey Bacon, (low fat) Cheese, and Spinach

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