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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

20 Delicious and Healthy Breakfast for Weight Loss

20 Delicious and Healthy Breakfast for Weight Loss

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. I can feel you rolling your eyes at me from across the screen. But, as with most phrases that seem dully overused, it’s true! Breakfast is essential!

I know skipping it can seem tempting. I mean, hey, I’ve even fallen into the trap of believing that skipping that meal would somehow magically defy all the advice I hear and help me lose weight. However, the most important thing you can do to set yourself up for a day of success is to start it off with a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

I know that can be a real struggle for some of us. Who has time for meal prepping and cooking meals? And how do you even know where to start? That, my friends, is what I am here to show you!

I am about to guide you through my favorite healthy breakfast for weight loss that you can add to your morning ritual that are quick and easy.

You’re days of eating dirt-tasting granola bars are gone! These 20 delicious morning recipes will make eating healthy on a busy morning feel like a breeze and taste better than those donuts you sacrificed for your new healthy lifestyle!

1. Overnight Oats

    You already know all about the power of oats but sometimes, the extra effort of boiling some water for your cup just doesn’t sound that appealing. Here’s the solution:

    Create a bunch of about 5 mason jars of oats, one for each workday, to keep in the fridge. I

    love adding a scoop or two of protein in there as well! It creates the perfect blend of macro nutrients to keep you balanced and satiated throughout the day.

    Check out the recipe here!

    2. Chia Seed Pudding

      The great thing about chia is that it is so high in omega 3s- a nutrient that is renowned for balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, and weight loss. Adding this power-packed breakfast to your arsenal is a surefire way to reach your fitness goals!

      While this delicious recipe calls for maple syrup, I like using 100% stevia or Monk fruit instead to lower the glycemic index and keep it more weight-loss friendly.

      Check out the recipe here!

      3. Bell Pepper Pirates Eye

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        Pirates Eye, Egg in the Hole, Egg in Bread… while this classic breakfast may have many different names, it remains a household favorite! This variation simply adds a new twist to an old classic, making it even healthier than ever!

        Check out the recipe here!

        4. Avocado Toast

          I’m sure you’re not surprised to see this one on the list. Models like Romee Strijd have brought this breakfast into fame quickly!

          It’s quick, easy, delicious, and well rounded. So of course, who wouldn’t want to have a bite of that?

          Check out the recipe here!

          5. Smoothie Bags

            How could smoothies get any easier? By pre-packing frozen bags for them of course! It literally makes it as easy as tossing a bag full of ingredients in the blender, pressing a button, and boom! There you have it! A nutrient packed meal to power you through the day!

            Check out the recipe here!

            6. Banana Pancakes

              Oh, so you didn’t think pancakes would make this list huh? Surprise! These delicious pancakes are super easy to whip up on the fly. And on top of that, you only need two ingredients: just the banana and egg. You can even find recipes that are vegan.

              While these might be a little more dense than your traditional pancake, you will not be let down! They are D-E-L- I-C-I-O-U-S! And of course, if you see a trend going on here, healthy as well.

              Check out the recipe here!

              7. Protein Pancakes

                Surprise again! I know what you’re thinking, “More pancake recipes? I thought this was a post on healthy breakfast meals”. It is, but that doesn’t disqualify pancakes from making it twice on this list. This recipe is amazing for you fitness buffs out there always looking for an extra boost of protein!

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                Check out the recipe here!

                8. Omelet Waffle

                  Who says that waffle maker sitting unused since your health-kick has to go unused? Turns out, waffle makers are an excellent way to make a quick breakfast on the go! You can even sub egg white for an extra lean and protein packed breakfast

                  Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Low-Calorie Ice Cream

                    This recipe uses gelatin as the base for a scrumptious whipped up meal. While you shouldn’t necessarily expect the classic thick tubbed ice cream, this lighter and fluffier version still makes for a great substitute. And, since gelatin is 100% protein, you can still get a gut-healing, muscle building, and balancing boost from this meal!

                    Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Berry Smoothie Bowl

                      Not all smoothie bowls have to be a large feat. This smoothie bowl is extremely simple to make and still delicious! That happens to be the Minimalist Baker’s specialty.

                      Check out the recipe here!

                      11. Huevos Rancheros

                        While this breakfast may seem like too much of a feat for a work morning, it is still fairly simple to whip up! I think this makes for a perfect weekend recipe if you’re ready to switch things up a bit!

                        Check out the recipe here!

                        12. Jello

                          Yes, Jello can be a perfectly acceptable breakfast! Believe it or not, Gelatin in itself can actually be quite good for you depending on the source.

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                          I love Great Lakes Gelatin, since they are naturally sourced. These natural sources of gelatin are packed with high amounts of protein and gut-healing properties! Health starts in the gut, and this recipe can help accomplish that!

                          Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Egg Muffins

                            The inventor’s bodies are proof that their meal plans definitely work! This quick and easy breakfast idea was invented by Tone It Up: a revokutionary empire! One thing these girls always rep is protein, protein, protein. these low calorie bites are going to be exactly what it takes to help you hit your protein macros daily!

                            Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Power Up Tacos

                              Who said that tacos are only for dinner? Not me! This protein packed savory goodness is stuffed with egg, feta, beans, and seemingly everything else you will need to stay full until lunch!

                              Say goodbye to mid-day binges! This is sure to keep you full well past lunch time.

                              Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Quiche in a Mug

                                It feels like America is out to prove that just about anything can be made in a mug! But quiche? Who knew this breakfast of kings could be cooked up in under 5 minutes!?

                                Fir those of you wanting breakfast like royalty on the go, definitely add this to your morning cookbook!

                                Check out the recipe here!

                                16. Protein Brownie in a Mug

                                  What? Brownies in a breakfast food list? Well why not? Hey, if pancakes are a regular breakfast occurrence (pan-CAKE. Who are you fooling?) then why not add a bit of chocolately goodness to the mix?

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                                  Despite its delicious sweetness, protein brownies are actually deceivingly healthy. With protein powder as it’s base, it really isn’t much different that your morning smoothie.

                                  Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Matcha Glazed Donuts

                                    Another genius creation of the tone it up girls, these Matcha Donuts are made almost entirely out of protein powder! You won’t feel deprived as your waist-line is shrinking with these amazing breakfast editions. Plus, the extra matcha kick will keep you running all morning!

                                    Check out the recipe here!

                                    18. Smoked Salmon Bagel

                                      Have you ever tried that Lox-Flavored cream cheese? Picture that times 10! These amazing Salmon bagels are fresh and delicious, giving your morning a savory start.

                                      Salmon is packed with Omega 3’s and protein while the bagel will give you all the fiber and carbs you need for a morning kick-start. Next time you feel a rushed morning coming on, throw this together and you’ll feel as though your breakfast was made gourmet.

                                      Check out the recipe here!

                                      20. Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

                                        Are you cooking for a crew? This Casserole is the perfect option for people cooking for large groups without the hassle of staying in the kitchen. If you are really looking to impress company, check this one out as a new go-to!

                                        Check out the recipe here!

                                        20. Gut Healing Latte

                                          This drink makes a great addition as it adds a great punch of gut-healing protein with gelatin and set your day up right. On top of that, this “coffee” drink is actually extremely detoxing and caffeine free! You’ll be sipping on herbs while thinking you are actually drinking America’s favorite drink.

                                          This latte has been a personal favorite of mine for a while now. Having it first thing in the morning always seems to settle my stomach and set me up for a day of success!

                                          Check out the recipe here!

                                          Bonus Tips

                                          • Meal prep is key! Designate a specific time each week to accomplish all of your prep-plans. Cut your veggies, go shopping, make your smoothie bags, etc. Doing this will really help keep you on track when you are having a rushed morning.
                                          • Make a meal plan for each week. If you don’t have a meal plan, you likely will find yourself reaching for the wrong types of food when hunger strikes. Plan in advance by lying out each one of your meals for the next week. It will really help your budget when going grocery shopping too!
                                          • Plan only a few meals each week. When I’m meal prepping, I find about 2 to 3 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. It honestly makes things so much easier to be able to prep huge meals in advance and split it up throughout the week rather than making a different complicated recipe for every single meal.
                                          • Master the 5-minute recipes! Overnight oats, chia pudding, salad in a jars, smoothie in a bag, and other recipes like that hardly take any time to prep. Make these meals your staples. You’ll be far more likely to stick to a meal plan if it doesn’t take hours from your week to prep.
                                          • Use a shopping app. I love the app Prepear because of how simple it makes meal planning for me. You just add whatever online recipe you want to make into your meal plan and it breaks down all the ingredients for you to pick up! It is a real time saver!
                                          • Try making your staple foods in bulk. When I was doing a raw-vegan challenge, I would meal prep one day each week and make massive amount of cauliflower rice, veggie noodles, cut vegetables, and anything else I thought I could use to throw together a quick vegan meal. This really helped keep my meals fresh and interesting in the middle of a long and busy week.

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                                          Published on January 14, 2021

                                          How to Create a Healthy Meal Plan for the Week

                                          How to Create a Healthy Meal Plan for the Week

                                          Meal plans are a great way to cut down waste, make shopping for food quicker and easier, and help you to stick to healthy choices. But where do you start? What makes a healthy meal plan for the week, and how do you know what to include?

                                          Firstly, there is no healthy meal plan that works for everyone. At different stages of your life, you will need different levels of nutrients, but there are some general principles that you can follow, and then adjust as necessary. Here’s how to create a healthy meal plan for the week.

                                          The Backbone of Your Healthy Meal Plan

                                          For the vast majority of adults, these practical tips should be the backbone of your meal plan:

                                          • A range of fruits and vegetables
                                          • Whole grain carbohydrates (brown rice, brown bread, millet, bulgar wheat, etc)
                                          • Fermented food such as kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut
                                          • Unsaturated fats such as extra virgin olive oil, rapeseed oil, avocados, and nuts
                                          • Two portions of oily fish such as salmon per week (or nuts and seeds if you don’t eat fish)
                                          • A handful of nuts and seeds a day
                                          • Aim for 30g of fiber a day
                                          • Eat a range of beans and pulses (such as chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, and lentils)
                                          • Drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day[1]

                                          Calorie Counting

                                          A calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of 1g water from 14.5 to 15.5°Celsius. This is calculated in a laboratory, by burning the food. However, the food is not “burnt” in our bodies, and people’s metabolism and energy expenditure vary, so it’s a very rough estimate.

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                                          The absorption and, therefore, how much energy is available for you to use, is also affected by how the food is processed. An example of this is sweetcorn. If you grind it down into a powder and make a tortilla, you will absorb far more calories than if you eat whole sweetcorn kernels. Instead, you will see most of the kernels untouched, in the toilet!

                                          Another concern with calories is that instead of thinking about nutrient quality, it promotes prioritizing quantity. For example, there is a huge difference in the number of nutrients you could consume in 500 calories of fruit and vegetables, versus 500 calories of ice cream.

                                          Also the number of calories you need varies according to so many factors, such as age, gender, lifestyle, and activity level, that it is hard to accurately predict exactly how many you need. Instead, I prefer to recommend a general principle of how to balance your plate and a reminder to eat mindfully when you are physically hungry, not because of an emotional trigger.

                                          How to Balance Your Plate

                                          When thinking of your healthy meal plan, for each meal your plate should contain approximately:

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                                          • Fruit and vegetables (1/2 plate)
                                          • Whole grains (1/4 plate)
                                          • Lean protein (1/4 plate)
                                          • A spoon of unsaturated oil

                                          This will help you when you think of each meal to work out what to include and approximate portion sizes.

                                          An Example Day

                                          Breakfast

                                          • Overnight oats, with chia seeds, quinoa and milk or fortified plant based milk
                                          • A piece of fruit

                                          Snack

                                          • A handful of mixed nuts

                                          Lunch

                                          • Grilled tofu with a mixed salad and bulgar wheat
                                          • A piece of fruit

                                          Snack

                                          • Apple slices with nut butter

                                          Dinner

                                          • Chicken / tofu / salmon with miso brown rice and spring greens
                                          • OR vegetable curry, daal, and brown rice
                                          • OR stuffed aubergine with mixed vegetables and millet or quinoa
                                          • A piece of fruit

                                          How to Adjust Your Meal Plan

                                          There are certain phases when more or less nutrients are needed, so it is important to consider your changing needs.

                                          When You’re Pregnant

                                          During your pregnancy, you should limit oily fish to once a week, and only 2 tuna steaks or 4 medium sized cans of tuna per week, because of the risk of pollution.

                                          You should also avoid the following food groups:

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                                          • Raw or undercooked eggs
                                          • Unpasteurized cheese
                                          • Raw or undercooked meat
                                          • Pâté
                                          • Swordfish, shark, and marlin
                                          • Homemade ice-cream with raw egg
                                          • Soft-serve ice cream from vans or kiosks
                                          • Vitamin A supplements
                                          • Liquorice root
                                          • Alcohol

                                          When You’re Breastfeeding

                                          While you are breastfeeding, your body needs more calcium (1250mg), selenium (70mcg), and iodine (200mcg). Ensure that you include these in your meal plan.

                                          When Going Through Menopause

                                          Menopause

                                          changes your long-term risk of disease, so it is important to focus on items that help support bone and heart health. The framework above already sets out a diet to support long term heart health, but for bone health aim for:

                                          • 1200mg calcium per day
                                          • High-quality protein at every meal
                                          • Foods rich in vitamin K
                                          • Foods rich in phosphorus
                                          • Foods rich in magnesium

                                          Organizing Your Shopping

                                          Once you have completed your healthy meal plan for the week, you can save the ingredients that you regularly need to an online shopping list, in order to make repeat ordering simpler. Some recipe books also now have a QR code so that you can easily synchronize the ingredients needed with your online shopping.

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                                          Try to eat seasonal fruit and vegetables where possible, but canned beans, frozen, dried, and freeze dried fruit make great substitutes for fresh, retaining most of the nutrients.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Creating a healthy meal plan for the week may be daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll become a fun addition to your weekly planning, and one that will ultimately improve your overall lifestyle. Try to use the general feedback above and adapt it to your own specific needs. Enjoy looking for new and exciting recipes to include in your plan!

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