Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Though we have all heard it, not all of us realize why it is so important. Skipping breakfast for the sake of time or to consume fewer calories may cause you more harm than good. Studies show that skipping meals can lead to the development of obesity and make weight control difficult to achieve. By passing up breakfast, you risk consuming more food at your next meal or binging on high-calorie snacks resulting in increased potential for weight gain and accumulated body fat.
Much like you wouldn’t expect your car to run without gasoline, your body is your permanent 'life' vehicle and cannot run without proper nutrition.
Five Tips for a Better Morning Routine:
- Break your meals into smaller, more frequent occurrences as opposed to fewer, larger meals to get the best calorie consumption and metabolism optimization.
- Eat breakfast before you have your coffee to avoid a spike in blood glucose levels.
- Avoid high fat and sugary breakfast foods.
- Not all cereals were created equal! Popular cereals are known to have over 5 grams of sugar per serving. Be sure to read nutritional information before purchasing your breakfast cereal.
- You can easily have a nutritious breakfast in less than five minutes. Some simple preparation work the night before will make mornings a breeze.
Important Breakfast Nutrients:
- Focus on consuming fiber and a source of protein:
- Protein: low-fat dairy, low-fat meats, nuts or nut butters
- Eggs have a hefty dose of saturated fat but are a good source of protein; if you’re short on time boil them for the week so you can grab and go, or consider purchasing an egg poacher. It takes less than a minute!
- Fiber: fruits, vegetables and whole grains
Keep it Simple with these Breakfast Pairing Options:
- Egg white spinach & mushroom omelet with low-fat cheese & a piece of whole grain toast
- Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk or almond milk & a side of berries or a banana.
- Hard-boiled egg & a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter or natural peanut butter.