You’ve heard it before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why exactly is breakfast so important?
Energy: Skipping breakfast leaves you feeling tired and lethargic. Eating a healthy meal in the morning energizes your body, allowing you to be more productive throughout the day.
Concentration: Eating breakfast not only provides energy for your body, it also fuels your brain. It has been shown that children who eat breakfast achieve higher test scores in school. Adults also benefit, performing better at work. Eating breakfast increases attention span and memory power, and enhances creativity.
Weight control: As its name implies, breakfast “breaks” the overnight “fast.” When you don’t eat for an extended period of time, your body instinctively thinks it is starving and will begin storing more fat. Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism, allowing your body to burn more calories. While you may think skipping breakfast will help cut your daily caloric intake, it in fact has the opposite effect. When you starve yourself early in the day, you are more likely to binge later, consuming more calories than you would have otherwise through snacking and overeating at lunch and dinner.
Feel happier: Eating breakfast boosts serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being. Studies suggest breakfast eaters are less likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity.
Better health: People who start the morning with a good breakfast usually make healthier food choices throughout the rest of the day and also exercise more regularly.
Now that you know the benefits of eating breakfast, there is no reason to start your day with a growling stomach. Eat foods containing whole grains, protein, and fiber to keep your appetite satisfied until lunchtime. If you don’t have a lot of time in the mornings for breakfast, try some of these quick and healthy ideas for the most important meal of the day!
- Hard-boiled egg, whole wheat toast, banana
- Whole grain cereal, low-fat milk, orange
- Yogurt sprinkled with berries and granola
- Whole wheat English muffin topped with peanut butter, fruit smoothie
- Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, apple slices