Breakfast is that first meal of the day and can affect your eating pattern for the rest of the day. A healthy and balanced breakfast (i.e., one with adequate protein, carbohydrate and fiber) will help keep the "munchies" at bay and allow you to choose wisely for meals to follow. Carbohydrates provide instantaneous energy, whereas, protein provides it later on. The fiber keeps you feeling full. This means those pastries and donuts don't quite measure up!!😏
Eating breakfast gives you muscle and brain power. Remember, the time between dinner and next morning's breakfast is usually the longest your body goes without food. Blood sugar levels in your body are usually lowest in the morning and must be replenished if you expect your brain and muscles to function efficiently.
What are the benefits of eating breakfast?
🔸 Starting your day off, energized
🔸 Increased ability to focus/concentrate and be productive
🔸 Boosts metabolism
🔸 Your body is less likely to go into "survival mode" and start storing calories
🔸 You're less likely to overeat and have not-so-healthy cravings
🔸 Blood sugar stability during the day
🔸 Improved mood
🔸 Lowered stress levels
🔸 Inclusion of more vitamins and minerals in daily intake
Breakfast does not have to be fancy, but you should eat it everyday. Quality is key though. A healthy breakfast should include at least three of the following food groups:
◆ Some type of WHOLE GRAIN, which serves as a carbohydrate source to fuel activity and provide fiber for healthy digestion. Examples include whole grain rolls and bagels, hot or cold whole grain cereals, whole grain English muffins and waffles.
◆ LEAN PROTEIN such as eggs, lean meats, legumes (i.e., beans, peas, lentils) and nuts to keep you fuller longer.
◆ LOW-FAT DAIRY to provide calcium, potassium, protein, and Vitamin D which plays a role in bone health, maintaining healthy blood pressure and teeth.
◆ FRUITS and VEGETABLES which provide vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber. Make sure your juice is 100% fruit juice (i.e., NO ADDED SUGAR!)
Make eating breakfast a priority and a new healthy habit! Skipping breakfast is like driving your car on "E"............
Wishing good health to you all,