Maybe you’ve told yourself that you’re going to give up sugar for 30 days, or that you’re going to hit the gym at 5am every morning. You may have even made that deep-down commitment to clear your pantry of anything packaged and cook healthy, whole foods every day of the week.
These commitments and resolutions are great to strive towards. However, when the new year hits (and we feel bloated and run down after the holidays) we often make resolutions based off of our immediate feelings, not off of a long-term plan that has realistic intentions behind it.
The result is over-commitment and feelings of pressure and negativity because of the inability to follow through with the unrealistic expectations we have set for ourselves.
That being said, it’s still important to set some solid better-for-you habits and stick to them, but making sure they’re habits that fit into our individual lifestyles and that we can stick to for the long-term.
THE BEST PLACE TO START IS WITH THE FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY
If you’re looking for not only a sustainable health goal to hit (and achieve on a daily basis), but for a way to really ensure your day is energy packed, nutrient dense and that you feel full and fueled, the best way to do this is through a healthy, whole-food based breakfast.
Nutrition expert at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston states that “If you miss the day’s first meal, you may start off with an energy deficit and have to tap into your energy reserves.”
We know that the benefits of an energy promoting breakfast can have lasting effects throughout the day. Breakfast provides you with brain fuel, helps you feel less hungry by noon and is that perfect jolt of nutrients that gets your body going and keeps your body going throughout the day.
Here are our 5 favourite facts about why a nutrient-dense, protein packed breakfast is key to starting your day (and new year nutrition plan) off right:
1) Helps to Manage Appetite
The breakfast formula for success combines complex carbohydrates (brain fuel) with adequate protein and plenty of vitamins and minerals. One study suggests that a high-protein breakfast can also curb your appetite later in the day. This is mostly due to the fact that protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates.
While HOLOS contains healthy complex carbs, it also contains 20 grams of protein per serving, making it a healthy meal that can manage your appetite and help you avoid overeating later on.
2) Provides You with Sustained Energy
Though lately carbohydrates have had a bad rep, the truth remains that they are your body’s (and brain’s) primary source of fuel and we need a steady supply of complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, sweet potato, beans and legumes, to get the positive benefits that carbs offer the body.
The carbohydrates that HOLOS contains, combined with HOLOS’s amazing nutritional profile (such as vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and fiber) contributes to increased and sustained energy throughout the day.
3) Manages Blood Sugar Levels
Eating healthy and nourishing meals throughout the day that contain lower G.I. foods, protein and healthy fats will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable and avoid any late-afternoon crashes.
Oats are lower on the glycemic index and are a better-for-you option than sugary cereals, toast with jam or a store-bought muffin. HOLOS also contain ingredients like chia seeds and fermented protein powder, both containing protein and fiber, which are a winning combination regulating blood sugar levels.
4) Helps to Burn Calories
When we are in a fasted state, the initial reaction our body has is to preserve energy (calories) to be used later for fuel. However, when you eat a nutrient dense breakfast, this sends signals to your body that there are plenty of calories to go around and your body is no longer conserving energy, but rather burning it (AKA burning calories).
Start your morning off right with an energy promoting and energy burning meal like HOLOS.
5) Helps to Make Healthy Commitments with Other Meals
The best part about choosing a breakfast like HOLOS for your healthy new year resolution is that it’s an easy choice to make, it requires little to no effort and it sets the tone for the rest of the day.
When we tap into our mindset and start to shift the way we think about health and wellness, healthy meals eventually add up. Over time, one or two healthy meals a day turn into a consistent, long-term, good-for-you meal plan. Breakfast has the ability to shift the mindset of how we want to treat our bodies for the remainder of the day and HOLOS is the perfect option to get you there.
So why is this the ultimate new year, better you breakfast?
HOLOS creamy & crunchy superfood (and super powered) breakfast is everything you need to get started on your new year goals in one delicious whole-food package that takes 30 seconds to prep and can be added to your meal plan, effortlessly.
You can choose from 4 delicious flavours, and you know what you are choosing to put into your body is going to be great for you, help manage your hunger, avoid overeating, give you clean energy and plenty of vitamins and minerals.
So, say bye to over-committing, over-supplementing and under-valuing your ability to make a healthy mindset shift for 2020, and hello to HOLOS.