Importance of Breakfast
Did you know that roughly 31 million Americans skip breakfast every day? Did you also know the word ‘breakfast’ means to break the fast? After sleeping for hours, it is important to replenish and hydrate your body. You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s been proven by many research studies. Those who tend to skip breakfast usually do not meet their recommended amount of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function properly. Research shows a direct link between skipping breakfast and abnormal glucose and insulin metabolism. This means an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Breakfast aids in mental alertness, improves cognitive performance, regulates mood, and increases quality of life. But “weight”! Breakfast also prevents overeating and reaching for large quantities of less optimal choices during meals and snacks. Therefore, a morning meal reduces the risk of weight gain compared to those who do not eat breakfast at all.
If you’re not a big fan of breakfast or just not hungry in the morning, it’s still a great option to eat something small to help regulate blood sugar levels, kickstart your metabolism, and better regulate your hunger throughout the day. Here are some quick breakfast ideas you can start with if you’re not normally a breakfast eater:
- One slice whole wheat toast with jam and orange juice
- Whole grain cereal with low-fat (1%) milk
- 1 slice french toast with side of strawberries and blueberries fruit