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Jumpstart Your Day with These Two Tips for a Healthy Banff Breakfast

Posted by El Toro Banff on May 26, 2014

Many people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and many nutritionists will be quick to agree. Some people, however, skip breakfast altogether while those who don't may not be eating the options that promote good overall health.

Eating a healthy breakfast can be tough, especially if your schedule is hectic from the moment you wake up. Fortunately, many healthy breakfast options are quite easy to prepare. That in mind, here are a few ways to make the most important meal of the day a little healthier:

Secret Weight Loss

Add Protein

Most people believe that stocking up on protein during breakfast is only necessary if they're planning to hit the gym. It might be time to rethink that notion because an article from Women's Health Magazine says otherwise:

. A Johns Hopkins University study found that a diet in which roughly a quarter of the calories (about 60 percent more than the recommended 10 to 15 percent) come from lean protein sources reduced blood pressure, LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, and triglycerides better than a traditional higher-carb diet. Other research finds that diets rich in protein can help prevent obesity, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

In a study published in Nutrition Metabolism, dieters who increased their protein intake to 30 percent of their diet ate nearly 450 fewer calories a day and lost about 11 pounds over the 12-week study without employing any other dietary measures.

For a healthy, yet protein-rich Banff breakfast, try having an omelette with cheese, fresh salsa, and lean ham.

Have Some Fruits

Fruits are an important addition to any breakfast. You can always opt to eat fruits on their own, or you can also use them to add a healthy burst of flavor to pancakes instead of syrup. If you decide to do this, go for fresh raspberries or blueberries, both of which are high in anti-oxidants, vitamin K, and vitamin C.

Do you eat out for breakfast on a regular basis? There's no need to fret over that habit; many delicious restaurants in Banff, like El Toro Restaurant, make the healthiest options available on their breakfast menu. Be sure to ask your server what these are and choose the ones that suit you best.

(Source: Protein: Your Secret Weight-Loss Weapon; Women's Health magazine; September 2, 2010)