One of the best ways to get lean and start your day on the right foot is to eat a healthy breakfast for weight loss. That’s an indisputable fact, according to a Cornell University study. When researchers surveyed 147 slender people who said they’d never had to struggle with their weight, they found that a whopping 96 percent of them ate breakfast nearly every day. But it’s not just fit people who make sure breakfast is a part of their daily routine, it’s also people who want to lose weight.
1. Organic Protein Powder
Protein, 2 scoops: 34–48 g. Protein powder is the most versatile and nutrient-dense source of the muscle builder nutrient, earning it a top spot on our list. Use it to make a high-protein smoothie, add it to oatmeal to amp up the protein count, use it to make a homemade nutrition bar, mix it into pancake mix—the options are truly endless.
Protein, per two large eggs: 12 g. “Eggs are an excellent source of protein and other healthy nutrients including fat-burning choline,” says Martha McKittrick, RD, CDN, CDE. Choline, also found in lean meats, seafood, and collard greens attack the gene mechanism that triggers your body to store fat around your liver.
3. Almond Butter
Protein, per 2 tablespoons: 7–8 g. “Almond butter is high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fats,” says McKittrick. “Studies have also shown that people who eat nuts are less likely to become overweight than those who avoid them, likely because it helps you feel fuller, longer.” To reap the benefits at breakfast, McKittrick suggests spreading some nut butter on wholegrain toast or adding a tablespoon to oatmeal or smoothies.
4. Chicken Breast
Protein, per 4 oz: 19 g. Chicken may not be your average breakfast food, but maybe it should be. “Some mornings, yogurt or eggs just won’t cut it,” says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, CPT, founder of the New York Nutrition Group. “To spice up my breakfast, I’ll pull out some leftover dinner, which often contains plenty of fiber-rich veggies and hunger-slashing lean protein. This perfect combination of nutrients keeps me full and energized for hours,” she says.
5. Nitrite And Nitrate-Free Canadian Bacon
Protein, 3 strips: 18 g. Many brands of bacon contain sodium nitrate and nitrite to keep the meat free from harmful bacteria. Under certain conditions, sodium nitrite and nitrate react with amino acids to form cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines. And sodium nitrate has been shown to interfere with the body’s natural ability to process sugar. However, if you stick with the right variety, bacon can be a healthy, slimming part of your morning meal.
6. Black Beans
Protein, per ½ cup: 7 g. Packed with soluble fiber—a powerful belly fat fighter—beans will not only fill you up for hours but also help slim you down. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber consumed daily, study participants’ belly fat reduced by 3.7 percent over five years.
7. Ground Turkey
Protein, per 4 oz: 22 g. If you want to amp up your morning dose of protein, consider adding ground turkey (along with some onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms) to your eggs. The combination is quite tasty and somewhat unexpected, making it a perfect choice for fatigued taste buds.