Remember the days when our mother would chide us to eat our breakfast saying that it’s the most important meal of the day? Well, she really was right. Breakfast is essential in starting your day off right, but apparently, in the US people don’t take this fact so seriously. Studies show that more than half of Americans skip breakfast at least once a week.
Life is hectic and our mornings are usually a mad rush, and eating a proper breakfast does take a few minutes, which is often time we don’t have. Whether you are a lawyer in a busy firm, a mom with toddlers in tow, or a nurse in medical scrubs, we all run busy lives and we don’t have a minute to spare.
We all know that eating a healthy breakfast is very important, but just how important is it?
Gets Your Metabolism Going–
After sleeping a full night (hopefully!), you want to kick start your metabolism and burn calories throughout the day. By skipping breakfast, you are essentially telling your body that it should conserve the energy that it has, and goes into a fasting mode. This will slow down your metabolism and cause your body to store more fat.
Helps You Eat Less throughout the Day–
By eating a proper breakfast, which includes good carbs, fiber, and some protein you will prevent yourself from overeating later in the day. A healthy meal gives you energy, satisfies your appetite and sets the stage for making smart food choices throughout the day.
Helps Improve Memory & Concentration–
Eating a nutritious breakfast will allow you to focus better and improve your ability to remember. If you can process information properly with a clear mind you will be more likely to be able to recall it a later time. Our ability to concentrate is directly related to being satiated. In fact, there is a company that offers free breakfast for its employees helping boost productivity levels.
Now that we know that we should make breakfast a priority in our early morning hours lets discuss what constitutes a healthy breakfast.
Here are 3 super healthy breakfast options:
Oatmeal– A great breakfast option which is gluten-free and full of important vitamin, minerals, and antioxidants. Chock full of carbs and fiber oatmeal is more likely to keep you fuller and stay satiated for longer. Oats are also known to lower blood sugar levels, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease.
Greek Yogurt– Perfect for those on the go, a quick, nutritious and delicious breakfast. Like regular yogurt, Greek yogurt contains calcium and vitamin B, but it also provides a whopping 2x amount of protein than regular yogurt- for the same amount of calories!
Eggs– A healthy source of protein and vitamin D, eggs have made a recent comeback as a healthy food. Previously shunned for containing a high level of cholesterol, they are now recommended as a healthy food to include in your diet. Research now shows that the cholesterol in our food has less of an impact on blood cholesterol than previously thought.
So, go ahead and sit down to a healthy breakfast and feel the amazing difference in your day!