I’m always looking for great weekend treats. During the week, it is easy to let breakfast fall on low of your priority list but taking just a few minutes to have something to eat can really make a difference of your day. So on the weekend, I make sure I get a good and hardy breakfast.
Breakfast provides many benefits to our health and wellbeing. Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are a good source of important nutrients, protein, and fiber.
- Breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking
- A healthy breakfast should provide the range of 20-35% of guideline daily allowance
Benefits of eating breakfast:
- Kick-starts your metabolism help you burn calories throughout the day.
- Better memory and concentration
- Lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol
- Lower chances of getting diabetes
- Lower chances of getting heart disease
Today I made spinach pancake with granola and fresh berries.
When selecting granola, avoid high sugar and fat- particularly saturated fat- per serving. Don’t look for fat-free or sugar-free granola. Many nutritious ingredients like nuts, seed, and dried fruit, contains varying amount of natural sugar and healthy fats. To play it safe, eat granola that is sweetened only with dried fruit, honey, or maple syrup. If you are planning on adding fresh berries and maple syrup, avoid granola that contains added sugar and dried fruit.
So why spinach? Because I’m always looking for ways to add more fiber into my diet. If you got someone in your life who is not so into veggies, this is a great sneaky way to add fiber into his/her’s diet.
The benefit of Spinach:
Spinach is low in fat and high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamin A, C, E, and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Spinach is loaded with flavonoids, act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure.