It’s easy to pack on pounds during the winter season because you are under layers of clothing, plus the holiday season doesn’t make it any easier. So, here are a few winter breakfast ideas to help you keep the weight off:
Quinoa is high in nutrients and one serving of quinoa will keep you full for a long time. To make quinoa porridge, boil one cup of water with half a cup of quinoa. Add a generous pinch of cinnamon and let it boil for 15 minutes, covered. Remove the cover and add half a cup of almond milk. Simmer for 10 minutes and add your choice of sweetener. For more flavor, mix in fresh berries or raisins.
Cinnamon Apple Cake Oatmeal
Oatmeal keeps your blood sugar steady and digests slowly in your stomach. It’s high on carbs which make it a perfect winter breakfast to lose weight. To make oatmeal, boil half a cup of water and add diced apples and a few tablespoons of apple juice. Also mix in 1 tsp of cinnamon and less than half a cup of rolled oats. Simmer until the mixture thickens, then add milk and your favorite assortment of nuts.
Egg White Omelet
Using just the egg whites considerably cuts down the fat and sodium found in a whole egg, making it a much healthier choice. To make an egg white omelet, add 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan over low heat. Sauté sliced onions and bell peppers. Once the peppers are tender, add 3 egg whites and sprinkle some salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian herbs. When the eggs are set, fold the omelet in half and serve on a plate.
French toast can be turned into a healthy winter breakfast by using whole wheat bread to increase fiber intake. Create a mixture of eggs, sugar and cinnamon, and soak two slices of whole wheat bread. Place the slices of bread on a butter coated pan and cook until it is light brown on both sides. Top it off with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh berries.
Tofu has no calories and it’s an excellent source of protein, iron and calcium. To make a tofu scramble, heat a pan with a dash of olive oil. Sauté red onions and toss in some minced garlic and bell peppers. Then add about seven ounces of tofu, breaking it up with a spatula. Top it off with cumin, chili powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Serve on top of a tortilla with a topping of cilantro.
While waffles themselves don’t carry much nutritional value, you can considerably cut down the calories by replacing oil and eggs with pureed pumpkin. You can make it from scratch or use a pre-made mixture from the supermarket. Top off your waffles with your favorite (but healthy) toppings, such as walnuts or bananas.
If you find yourself too busy one morning, make yourself a breakfast smoothie so you can drink it on the go. To make a carrot smoothie, combine a chopped carrot, almond milk,and banana, some superfoods such as chia or flax and vanilla extract in a blender. Drink it as it is or top it off with some shredded coconut.