- Posted August 27, 2013 by
Breakfast Plus Antioxidants
Breakfast is an excellent opportunity to incorporate important sources of antioxidants into your daily diet. Antioxidants help protect your body and brain from damaging chemicals and exposures that can drain energy and harm your health. Antioxidants occur naturally in many foods and drinks. Eating a diet rich in antioxidant-containing foods may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and a host of other chronic ailments, including some cancers. Try incorporating the information below to add plenty of antioxidants to your breakfast.
Research indicates that food is the best way to get a natural, healthy dose of antioxidants everyday. Berries are some of the most antioxidant-rich foods available. Apples, pears, plums, pineapples, cherries, and kiwi are also full of antioxidants; berries are perhaps the easiest breakfast fruit to incorporate into practically every morning dish. Getting a variety of fruit-based antioxidants is important, however, so incorporate lots of antioxidant powerhouses into your breakfast routine.
Make a smoothie. Dump a cup of strawberries and raspberries (fresh or frozen) into the blender with a cup of low-fat plain yogurt and a teaspoon of vanilla. You could also try blending a cup of blueberries with a cup of orange juice and a banana.
Top everything with berries. Sprinkle raspberries or blueberries over cereal or oatmeal. Stir them into plain or vanilla yogurt for a burst of flavor. Mix them into pancake batter or mash them up for a homemade waffle topping.
Buy frozen berries when they are out of season. Most grocers carry frozen berries with no added sugar, which are ideal for adding to hot cereals, muesli, and homemade jams or hot toppings. They also mix well with yogurt.
Red wine is not the only beverage with plenty of antioxidant benefits. When you are short on time, try one of the breakfast-approved drinks below to add antioxidants to your morning meal.
Sip green tea in the morning and throughout the day. This wonder-drink has become popular in recent years for its bevy of health benefits, including its high level of antioxidants.
Coffee contains high levels of antioxidants as well, which is good news for those who cannot imagine skipping caffeine in the morning. Just avoid excessive use of sugars, creams, and flavors when possible, which can significantly detract from coffee’s nutritional benefits.
Pomegranate, grape, blueberry, and cranberry juices are all good sources of antioxidants. Avoid fruit juices that have added sugar or are described as “juice cocktail,” however. Alternately, try making your own fruit smoothie with berries and some fruit juice or yogurt in the morning, which provides a filling, liquid, antioxidant-packed solution for breakfast on-the-go.