The combinations are endless!
Whether you are looking for a quick and easy yet healthy breakfast alternative, want to lose 5 or 50 pounds, or want to add some good nutrition to your diet, you can't go wrong with an Almased shake.
Pudding for breakfast? Oh, yeah! Chia seed is a superfood and its high in viscous fiber, too. These tiny gems make a healthy pudding that can be quickly prepared the night before. Use a container with a lid, add 1 cup of milk (nut milk, low-fat chocolate milk, rice milk), a ¼ cup of chia seeds, and your favorite spices or extracts. Include berries, or other fruit for variety. Sweeten lightly with maple syrup if you like. Shake it up and refrigerate overnight. Stir well in the morning – it is ready to go when you are.
For those who aren’t too keen on oatmeal, try this anyway! Use a sturdy plastic container that can take the heat and has a lid. The night before, put in about a ½ cup of oatmeal, cinnamon or other spices. Dried blueberries or cranberries will make it even more nutritious, and a bit of diced dates will add extra sweetness. In the morning, add 1 cup of boiling water, stir and cover for about 15 minutes. That’s it!
Cold cereal is the universally accepted fast-food breakfast. Even on a diet you can still indulge but go for granolas or a high-fiber, whole grain cereal and moisten with low-fat milk, nut milk or other plant-based milk. Top it off with ground flax seeds, or pumpkin seeds, and berries. See how good and tasty easy can be?
Don't discount the value of eggs in a healthy diet anymore! Eggs deliver protein, which is good for dieters. They're high in cholesterol but don't raise the cholesterol levels in most people. Eating whole eggs may reduce heart disease risk by modifying the shape of LDL, increasing HDL, and improving insulin sensitivity. What's more, eggs also promote fullness and help you eat fewer calories in the next meal.
Good eggs go bad when fried in lots of butter or accompany foods like bacon, sausage, cheese, and biscuits.
Instead, rev up your scrambled eggs by tossing in some spinach. And, hard-boiled eggs make an excellent portable breakfast that can be prepared ahead of time.
The Best Time to Eat Breakfast? 7:00 am
According to research, the time at which you eat could have a significant impact on your weight loss if you're dieting. The best time to eat breakfast is just after 7:00 a.m. or, between 7:00 – 11:00 am. It’s better to push your lunch an hour sooner rather than later, between 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
The difference could be because we use up energy during the day, and our mechanisms continually slow down as we move closer toward sleep time, reducing the rate at which we process food.
A recent study has shown that regularly sitting down to dinner after 8:00 pm can add an extra two inches to your waist.
Breakfast Bonus Tips:
- Blueberries are a real convenience food as they maintain most of their power in dried, frozen, or jam form. So, keep them on hand for toast topping, a cereal boost or Almased smoothies. Use fresh when in season and plentiful.
- Other nutritional breakfast toppings to boost nutrition and fiber include walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed. Sprinkle on top of yogurt and cereals or add into your favorite Almased shake.
What to Eat for Lunch
The most frequent and perhaps the best food for lunch is often soup and sandwich, salad and sandwich or sandwich and sandwich –the typical noon-time duos. The sandwich is one easy healthy lunch idea that makes it an ideal stand-by. Something as simple as two slices of bread sets the table for endless creations.
Start with whole grain bread, such as rye, oat, multi-grain, dark, crusty artisan, seeded and sprouted bread, too. Just make sure the label reads "whole grain." They each come with a unique flavor and all pack a punch of nutrition plus high fiber – ideal for weight loss diet.
Some of the best lunch recipes are the many sandwich fillings and spreads. Lean meats and cheese are the standards for sure, but even a meatless vegetarian sandwich can fill you up fast and satisfy hunger.