Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether or not that’s true, a good breakfast is the meal that gets a person going first thing in the morning and staves off the hunger pangs, headaches, crashes in glucose levels and other discomforts that come when a person hasn’t eaten for a long time. Here are four breakfasts that are full of energy but low in calories:
First Best Breakfast For Weight Loss – Polenta
Polenta, which is a close cousin to grits, has no fat. The recipe to make polenta is as easy as can be:
- 1 cup cornmeal.
- 1 cup cold water.
Mix the cornmeal, the cup of water and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Bring 2 3/4 cups of water to the boil in a saucepan. Add the cornmeal mixture slowly. Stir constantly until everything returns to the boil. Reduce heat, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the mixture is thick. Stir occasionally. If desired, add milk, butter or honey. The original mix has only 84 calories and sticks to the ribs.
Second Best Breakfast For Weight Loss – Grits
- 1/2 cup of quick grits.
- 2 cups water or chicken broth.
- Pinch of salt.
Bring the water or broth to a furious boil, and slowly add the grits, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until it returns to the boil. Reduce heat to low, then cook and stir for about 5 minutes more or until the grits are thick. Serve with butter, a drizzle of olive oil, or open a can of sardines and mash them in. Plain grits has 144 calories.
Third Best Breakfast For Weight Loss – Eggs
People should not fear eggs. It is true that they have their share of cholesterol and a bit of saturated fat, but they don’t have to be eaten every day, and they’re good.
Poached Eggs Recipe
- 2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules (optional).
- Two eggs.
Grease a one quart saucepan with the oil then add enough water to fill it half way. When the water boils, stir in the chicken bouillon if desired then reduce the heat until the water is only simmering. Break one egg into a measuring cup, and carefully slide it into the water. Add the next egg. Using a spoon, gently manipulate the whites until they cover the yolks. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the whites are set and the yolks are done but creamy. Remove the poached eggs with a slotted spoon, and serve with just a pinch of salt and pepper. Each egg has only 77 calories and a good amount of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
Some cooks do not add the oil or chicken bouillon, but add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the boiling water before slipping in the eggs.
Hard or Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe
Add enough cold water to the pot so that it doesn’t go more than half-way up the sides of the eggs. Bring to a boil, add the eggs, and cover. For soft boil eggs, cook for about 6 minutes. For hard boiled eggs, cook for 12. When they’re done, rinse under cold water in the sink for 30 seconds. Place the soft boiled eggs in eggcups, remove the tops, and add pinches of salt and pepper. Some people dip toast soldiers into the egg yolk. Peel off the shell of the hard boiled egg starting at the large end, and enjoy. Again, it’s only 77 calories per egg.
Fourth Best Breakfast For Weight Loss – Papaya Orange Lhassa
Fruit is unbeatable when it comes to losing weight. All that’s needed in the morning is a handful of blueberries tossed with some slices of apples, pears or bananas. Fruit can be used in nutritious and delicious drinks. Consider:
Papaya Orange Lhassa Recipe
- 1 cup yogurt.
- 1 cup of sliced, seeded papaya (even though the seeds are edible).
- 1 cup orange juice.
- 1 banana, sliced.
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
- 1 cup of ice cubes.
Place the ice cubes in a blender, and pulse until they’re fairly crushed. Then add the other ingredients, and blend until smooth. This drink is only 230 calories.
These are only a few of the best breakfasts you can enjoy to help you lose weight. A good exercise plan helps the weight fall off even faster. Feel free to share your best breakfast for weight loss.