Eating salads for breakfast is becoming super trendy these days. They are super convenient to prepare and you can munch them while travelling to your work. The yummy combination of nutritious vegetables topped with sauces and nuts are a great way to start your day. They boost your mood and productivity, improve your digestion, and even help you lose weight.
Replacing your breakfast for a salad is the easiest way to add more whole foods to your diet. Read on to find out :
- Salads boosts your mood and productivity
What we eat for breakfast is a major mood enhancer and helps our productivity. Breakfast foods containing complex carbs also help us elevate memory, attention, and information processing
Research shows that green leafy vegetables like broccoli, lettuce or cabbage provide some antidepressant benefits. Thus, adding them to your salads may further enhance your mood (1)
- Enhances your digestion
Breakfast salads are rich in water and fiber, which can help your food to get digested easily. Fibers are either soluble or insoluble. Several foods contain both types of fiber Eg.
- Soluble fiber: oats, beans, avocados, pears, apples, figs, bananas, sweet potatoes, hazelnuts, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds
- Insoluble fiber: whole grains, potatoes, beans, lentils, peas, most fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds
Depending on their ingredients, breakfast salads are likely rich in both types of fiber
- Helps you lose weight
Salads are rich in fiber and water. They also require extensive chewing. Both these factors will help you reduce hunger and boost fullness, causing you to eat less.
Fruits and vegetables, that are primarily added in most breakfast salads, have very less calories. This is the major reason why salads help you to lose weight.
Breakfast salads replacing high calorie, processed, quick breakfasts like pancakes or breakfast cereals rich in sugar becomes more beneficial in losing weight.
- Boosts your overall health and protects you from disease
Salads are an easy way to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. The nutrients and plant compounds found in this delicious combination benefits your health and protects you from diseases. For example, leafy green vegetables common in salads may protect against mental decline, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Keep in mind that eating foods that are high in fat or rich in sugar frequently may increase your risk of heart disease or cause you to develop more belly fat, a risk factor for many chronic illnesses.
Salads can be a healthy replacement to your traditional breakfast and will help you keep your heart healthy and ward off other chronic diseases. Garnish your healthy greens with nutritious toppings and your bowl may offer several benefits like improved digestion, disease protection, and weight loss. Munching your bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables is super convenient to prepare and eat. Make sure you include a rich source of complex carbs, proteins, and healthy fats. If you’re interested in shaking up your breakfast routine, a salad makes for a great morning meal.
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