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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!

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                                          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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                                          13 Best Foods to Eat at Night (Advice From a Health Coach)

                                          13 Best Foods to Eat at Night (Advice From a Health Coach)

                                          We’ve all had late-night cravings. Those times when you would lie in bed but your mind is on the fridge. You try to fight it, but you find out that you can’t. Food—you want food—to chew and to drink and to swallow. It usually goes this way: after much hesitation, you would get off your bed and walk over to the kitchen where you would stand for seconds and maybe even minutes contemplating a lot of things.

                                          You have heard about it—read about it, too—the famous “eating late at night isn’t good for you.” You know well about how eating late at night can cause you stress and make you gain weight. But you just want to eat—and eat you must.

                                          But what must you eat? What are your best and most healthy options? Here are the 13 best foods to eat at night.

                                          1. Turkey

                                          If you aren’t a vegetarian, then you most probably love turkey. It is not only very tasty and delicious, but it is quite nutritious, too. Turkey contains a lot of protein. As little as 28 grams of turkey already contains eight grams of protein.[1]

                                          It also contains some amount of vitamins and a nutritive compound called selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in ensuring the thyroid gland functions properly.

                                          Turkey passes as one of the best foods to eat at night because the protein tryptophan, which it contains in a considerable amount, is believed to promote tiredness and thus, sleepiness.[2]

                                          2. Fish

                                          Another great choice for non-vegetarians is fish, especially fatty fishes like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. These are considered healthy choices because they contain a considerable amount of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body regulate its calcium levels and is good for your kidneys, parathyroid glands, skin, etc.

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                                          Fatty fishes also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of healthy fatty acids that can serve as anti-inflammatory agents and are good for the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are shown to be able to increase the amount of serotonin produced by the nervous system, and thus, make sleep feel better.[3] This means that fishes would not keep you awake! You don’t have to roll from side to side trying to fall asleep after eating them.

                                          Fishes also contain nutritive oils that are good for your body and skin.

                                          3. White Rice

                                          White rice is just rice that has no bran germ—that is, both bran and germ have to be removed as a result of processing from brown rice to make it white rice. This removal of bran and germ causes white rice to contain lower fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants when compared with brown rice. However, white rice still contains a commendable amount of nutrients such as thiamine, folate, and manganese and so is great as a late-night meal.

                                          White rice has a high Glycemic Index. (GI). A food’s glycemic index is simply the measure of the rate at which that food increases the body’s sugar level. Taking in foods with a GI index, such as rice, can improve the quality of one’s sleep. This is as long as one takes these foods one hour before sleep. If you plan to sleep by 7 p.m, then it is a good idea to eat white rice by 6.p.m.[4]

                                          4. Bananas

                                          Finally, Something for vegetarians. A fruit! Bananas not only taste good, but they are also rich in the compounds potassium and tryptophan, making them one of the best foods to eat at night.

                                          Tryptophan, as earlier stated, is an essential protein that plays a role in relaxation. Some bananas before meals can improve the quality of your sleep. Plus, they contain vitamins and are rich in antioxidants. They also contain compounds that are capable of making bowel movements easier.

                                          5. Cheese and Crackers

                                          Cheese and crackers, crackers being a source of carbohydrates and cheese a source of tryptophan, can help balance the body’s sugar level. When you take cheese and crackers together, more tryptophan is made available to your brain.[5] The sugar in cheese feeds your brain, and tryptophan helps with the production of melatonin.

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                                          This means that there would be more serotonin and melatonin production in your nervous system when you take cheese and crackers together. Serotonin improves the quality of a person’s sleep.

                                          6. Warm Cereals

                                          Cereals are great sources of fiber. Ones like oats also contain an impressive amount of melatonin, which improves sleep.

                                          Before bed, a hot bowl of cereal and maybe even whole grains are a good choice. They do not contain a lot of calories and would most likely not keep you awake.

                                          7. Yoghurt

                                          Yogurt tastes good, and kids and adults love them. They are also a rich source of calcium. Calcium is an essential mineral to the body. It is necessary for the growth of bone and teeth, and skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscles need it for muscular contractions to happen.

                                          Your body also needs calcium to produce melatonin from tryptophan. If calcium levels are low, there will be a reduced rate of production of melatonin—and thus, low quality sleep. Yogurt also contains casein. Casein is believed to reduce early morning hunger.

                                          Unsweetened yogurt is a great snack and one of the best foods to eat at night.

                                          8. Eggs

                                          Eggs are great sources of protein and don’t contain many calories. As a late-night snack, eggs are a great pick. They are easy to cook and can go along with many different kinds of snacks.

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                                          Eggs also contain tryptophan, which—as you must now already know—can improve the quality of one’s sleep.

                                          9. Protein-Pineapple Smoothie

                                          As you may have noticed, most of the snacks and foods on this list of best foods to eat at night are protein-rich foods. Protein-rich meals taken around bedtime can boost muscle repair. They can also combat age-related muscle mass loss especially in people who frequently exercise.

                                          As a late-night snack, you can blend some pineapple pieces into milk. Milk is a great source of the protein tryptophan from which the body produces melatonin. Pineapples do not contain a lot of calories and might not prove a threat to your body’s normal digestive functions. Pineapples can also boost your body’s serotonin levels.[6]

                                          10. Tart Cherries

                                          Juices made from tart cherries are great alongside other snacks, such as crackers and cheese. Tart cherries have anti-inflammatory effects. Even though in small quantities, tart cherries contain the sleep hormone melatonin. They also contain procyanidin B-2, which is believed to keep stable the essential amino acid tryptophan.[7]

                                          Tart Cherries have low calories, too. This means that they are not too heavy and do not pose the threat of fat deposition, and they would not keep you awake.

                                          11. Honey

                                          Honey harvested from bees is nutritious and does not contain a lot of calories. It is known to be capable of increasing the production of melatonin in one’s body.[8]

                                          It also contains healthy sugars, such as fructose and glucose, and can have a healthy effect on your body’s sugar level. Honey is one of the best food to eat late at night.

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                                          12. Popcorn

                                          When it isn’t swathed in sugar and milk and other fatty stuff, popcorn presents as a great late-night snack. Popcorn is a low-calorie snack and contains a rich amount of fiber.[9] High-fiber grains are believed to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

                                          Also, popcorn contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants believed to improve circulation and in general, health.

                                          13. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

                                          French fries are amazing. They taste so good. Do you like french fries? Then baked sweet potato fries are a great pick you might want to consider.

                                          As a late-night snack, you can very well bake sweet potatoes instead of frying them. They are easier to prepare when baked and do not contain so much fat. Sweet potatoes contain a good quantity of fiber and vitamins.[10]They also contain some great amounts of protein.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          When next you have the craving for a late-night meal, you should know that not all meals are great when eaten at night. Some are about right, and others could contribute to excessive weight gain, heart diseases, digestive disorders, and other health issues.

                                          Have you ever woken up with swollen eye bags, felt nauseous, or had malaise after a late-night meal? Then it’s possible the meal was not a great pick.

                                          When choosing the best meals and snacks to eat at night, you should choose meals that contain low calories—not more than 200 calories—and have high protein content. Proteins like tryptophan enhance the quality of sleep. Some of these foods include eggs, turkey, cheese, bananas, yogurt, juices, etc.

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                                          Remember, eating healthy is a great way to remain healthy.

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