With a combination of proper diet and exercise, new mothers can lose the baby weight and fit back into pre-pregnancy clothes in no time. We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, according to the Mayo Clinic, this saying holds more truth than many of us realise. Start off your day with one of these healthy, low-calorie, filling breakfasts to boost your metabolism, refuel your body and reach your weight loss goals faster.
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast choice due to its versatility and the fact that it is so quick to prepare on a rushed morning. According to CalorieKing.com, one cup of oats only costs the eater about 150 calories but will leave her feeling satisfied for hours longer than a breakfast bar or a protein shake. Make your oatmeal more exciting by adding some fresh fruit and nuts or a healthy squeeze of honey.
Dieters often turn to cottage cheese for breakfast because it is low in calories, nutritious and leaves you feeling full. One cup of cottage cheese only contains about 160 calories, says CalorieKing.com, and also provides a whopping 28 grams of protein to help you feel full longer. Look for low-fat or fat-free versions at the supermarket and consider adding some fresh fruit for fibre and variety.
If you prepare it yourself and don't add any unnecessary calorie-rich toppings, fruit salad is an ideal choice for breakfast. Simply chop up your favourite fruits ahead of time and mix them in a bowl for a quick, delicious and refreshing breakfast any morning of the week. Of course, fruit also provides plenty of fibre which is hearty-healthy and makes you feel satisfied longer. According to CalorieKing.com, a serving of fruit salad varies in calories depending on what fruits are involved, but it's safe to say that a cup will run anywhere from 100 to 200 calories. Consider adding some chopped nuts for protein to keep you feeling full even longer.
Eggs, a classic breakfast choice, are often cooked in butter and paired with fattening, high-calorie foods like sausage and bacon. By omitting the yolks, eggs become an optimal choice for a dieter's breakfast. CalorieKing.com reports that one egg white contains a mere 17 calories. When combined with other filling, low-calorie foods like fresh vegetables, lean meats or fruit, egg whites are a welcome addition to a dieter's menu. Think about scrambling egg whites with some ham and your favourite vegetables or creating an egg white omelette. When preparing your breakfast, omit butter or oil and opt to cook with a non-stick spray instead.