Conquer Psoriasis with These 10 Breakfast Foodsby Sabrina Skiles Patient Advocate
A study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that those who skip their morning meal are 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease. Because those with psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing comorbities like heart disease, depression, and cancer, eating a hearty breakfast should be number one on your list. Here are my top 10 psoriasis-friendly breakfast foods to jump-start your day.
It’s no surprise oats are full of dietary fiber, which helps regulate your body’s sugar usage to hold your hunger pains in check. Studies also have linked an increased fiber intake with lower body weight and risk of type 2 diabetes. Pass the oats please!
Eggs contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower your risk of heart disease. Because psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, having a diet loaded with omega-3 fatty acids is an added benefit. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, “many individuals have benefitted from following an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce their symptoms.”
Non-fat Greek yogurt
This delicious food is easy to eat on the go and comes in a variety of flavors. It appears to be good for you, too: a 2012 study published in the Annals of Epidemiology found that yogurt “may be beneficial for long-term weight and [waist circumference] management.”
These green muffins are packed with plenty of fiber (see slide 1 for fiber health benefits), potassium, and folate. Because those of us with psoriasis are also at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, consuming plenty of folate should be part of your diet as well. Folate reduces the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study.
Two ingredient pancakes
Yes, you read that right. These gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free pancakes only have two ingredients: bananas and eggs. Plus, you can add any fruit (see next slide) and your psoriasis-friendly breakfast is complete!
Mixed fruit sprinkled cinnamon
There’s nothing like fresh fruit to get the day started. Apples, which contain flavonoids (another word for antioxidants), may help lower the chance of developing diabetes and asthma. The potassium in bananas can help lower blood pressure. The powerful antioxidants in blueberries can help reduce the risk of stroke and cancer. Cherries contain the potent antioxidant anthocyanin, which can reduce inflammation and arthritis pain. Sprinkle with cinnamon, which promotes positive digestive health.
If you haven’t jumped on the smoothie-bowl train yet, then you’re about to. Try this Tropical Smoothie recipe that’s made with pineapple, mangoes, and strawberries. What’s great about smoothie bowls is that you can add in whatever fruit you like. Just add yogurt and fruit (see slides 3 and 6) and your psoriasis-friendly breakfast is complete. If you’re on the go, Jamba Juice has some great smoothie bowl options.
These raw raspberry tarts are gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, which make them a great psoriasis-friendly breakfast food option. They are made with whole ingredients like hazelnuts (which can help reduce the risk of cancer and aid in digestive health), raspberries (antioxidant-filled to help prevent different forms of cancer), dates, almonds, and coconut oil (which promotes heart health plus lowers your risk of heart disease).
Peanut butter granola bars
These Peanut Butter Granola Bars only have seven ingredients but will keep you satisfied till your next meal. Plus, you can sub out the peanut butter for almond butter, which offers heart benefits because of its fat and fiber content. Added bonus: These make an easy and healthy snack for your kids!
Pumpkin spice balls
Are you as addicted to pumpkin as I am? Pumpkin contains fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, which all support heart health. You’ll love making these Pumpkin Spice Balls for breakfast. No need to wait until fall to enjoy all the benefits of pumpkin.