A critical component of the Eat Clean Diet is to eat a healthy and well-balanced breakfast. Our mothers weren’t lying when they told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Truly, eating something for breakfast is better than eating nothing at all, but that isn’t an excuse to nosh on sugary cereals and full plates of french toast and bacon every morning. To succeed in your diet and weight loss plans, you have to eat a quality breakfast that gives you the power you need to make it through the day. The Eat Clean Diet tells you to eat complex carbohydrates and some protein in every breakfast. Here are some breakfast ideas that are approved by the Eat Clean Diet.
1. Egg White Omelet
An omelet doesn’t have to be unhealthy. It’s only when you begin loading your eggs with lots of cheeses, oil and meats that are high in saturated fat (like bacon, sausage and ham) that you’re veering away from a healthy breakfast. For an Eat Clean Diet approved omelet, use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Chop up some vegetables, like bell peppers and onions, and mix them in. If you want to include cheese, use one that’s reduced in fat and use it sparingly. To grease your pan, avoid oil and butter. Instead, spray that pan with a zero-calorie cooking spray.
2. Toast with Natural Peanut Butter
Sometimes you need a breakfast that can easily be prepared in little time. A few slices of sprouted grain bread, like Ezekiel bread, with natural peanut butter on top fits the bill. Eating clean is all about avoiding processed foods, so you’ll want to read the labels of your bread and peanut butter before buying. Ezekiel bread is high in protein and fiber and doesn’t contain flour and is a healthy staple in any clean eating diet. You can find natural peanut butter (or other kinds of nut butters, like almond butter) at your local organic food store. Avoid white bread and conventional peanut butter, which is high in sugar.
3. Oatmeal with Egg Whites
Oatmeal is an excellent choice for a clean eating breakfast–it’s natural, low in calories and high in fiber. After you’ve cooked your oatmeal, mix in some fruit. Berries are a great choice because of their fiber content and antioxidants. Since the protein content in oatmeal isn’t very high, you’ll want to cook up one or two hard boiled eggs and eat the egg whites for some protein.
4. Fruit and Nut Combo
Some mornings are so rushed that even popping a few pieces of toast in the toaster can be asking too much. For those days, a simple Eat Clean Diet breakfast is a piece of fruit (like an apple or banana) with a handful of nuts like roasted almonds. You can also spread some natural peanut butter or almond butter on the fruit.