Why do we seem to eat more food during the winter?
Do we somehow figure that it is okay to add a little more fat or cushion to our bodies to help keep us warm when it’s so cold?
After all, it works for the bears, right?
However, for us, moving less but eating more does not equal a healthy lifestyle even if it is just for the winter.
It is possible to eat, and feel full without adding excess weight and ruining our diet plan. You can stay warm and healthy during the winter by starting off with a healthy breakfast.
You work hard to lose weight, or maintain your weight while the weather was warm so don’t ruin it just because it is bitter and cold out.
Four Healthy Winter Breakfasts
Healthy Breakfast #1 – Oatmeal
You can get your oatmeal in great little instant packages with flavors like strawberries and cream, maple and brown sugar, and cinnamon and apples now. It doesn’t have to be like the pasty, gray stuff you ate as a kid.
The oats provide fiber (both soluble and insoluble) which helps stabilize blood sugar which can help prevent overeating later in the day. The slow release of energy by your body is great for keeping you going at a steady pace. You can make your oatmeal with water or milk. Keep in mind using skim milk will also provide vitamin D.
Healthy Breakfast #2 – Fruit filled breads
Many people find themselves in a hurry all the time. This may mean having a warm breakfast is out of the question, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a nutritious meal!
Muffin mix recipes can be used for sweet bread – Banana Nut, Cranberry-Raisin, and Blueberry bread. For variety you can add fresh or dried fruits to the batter.
These breads are fast and easy to make and eat. Using the combination of whole grains and fruit makes it a healthy winter breakfast.
Healthy Breakfast #3 -Eggs, cheese and sausage
A mixture of protein, carbohydrates, and fats equal a good, healthy breakfast. You get protein and some fat from both eggs and cheese. You can always substitute low fat cheeses but keep in mind fat free cheese doesn’t seem to melt as well.
Turkey sausage or bacon provides you with protein from meat, which we often crave. If this is not an everyday option, you can designate weekends as a time for the entire family to sit down and enjoy a good hearty, healthy, hot breakfast together. (This promotes good winter health habits as well as the perfect excuse to spend some quality family time together.)
Healthy Breakfast #4 – Unsweetened Cereals
Cereal is still a part of a balanced breakfast, and this doesn’t change just because the weather outside does. Try cereals that obtain their sweetness from honey or cinnamon. These ingredients are better for you as they are fortified with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to consume every day.
Add a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee with a slice of whole grain or wheat toast and you have a fast, healthy, well balanced breakfast before school or work.
Think about your breakfast habits. Your body craves carbohydrates which lead to eating more food. This instinct to hibernate is natural in our bodies. However you can overcome this and prevent a larger version of “you” during the spring by continuing to watch what you eat during the winter. Try these breakfast alternatives to help you stay informed of what you are consuming during this cold, unforgiving season!