Our bodies are fasting all night long and breakfast is the meal that breaks that fast and gets our metabolism going. Food is our fuel for our bodies as well as our brains. Just like our cars do not run well on an empty tank of gas, neither do we.
Our bodies need certain nutrients that can be provided with a healthy breakfast. When skipping breakfast, you are more likely to compensate by overeating later on in the day. The longer you wait to eat, as hunger builds, it’s easier to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks.
Breakfast restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function. Eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels as well improve our mood and lower stress levels.
Eating a breakfast that’s high in fiber and carbohydrates could help you feel less tired throughout the day. The more energy you have, the more active you are likely to be.
If you skip breakfast because you want to save calories, that may backfire. Chances are you’ll be starving by lunchtime. That may lead you to overeat or choose fast but unhealthy options. Even if you are not hungry in the morning you can train your body in no time. Choose breakfast options that are a combination of whole grains, fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Whole grain waffle with greek yogurt and berries
Whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana
Oatmeal with chopped apples and cinnamon
Egg white and veggies in whole grain tortilla
Not Much Time in the Morning?
1. Cook ahead: Make breakfast the night before. Just reheat as necessary in the morning.
2. Prep your ingredients: Figure out what you’ll eat for breakfast the night before. Then, set out dry ingredients and any bowls, equipment or pans. They’ll be ready for use in the morning.
3. Pack it up: Make a to-go breakfast the night before. In the morning, you can grab it and go.