Breakfast, is it really the most important meal of the day?
The word breakfast literally means “breaking a fast” from the previous night. After 7-9 hours of overnight fasting, the body needs to refuel with food. Skipping breakfasts lowers metabolism, starves muscles and heightens late night cravings.
Top 5 Reasons to Eat a Well-Balanced Breakfast:
Eating a well-balanced breakfast containing a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates help restore glucose levels that the body needs for cognitive function. Countless studies have shown correlations between eating breakfast and improvement in memory and concentration levels.
The body needs food to restore its balance. Eating breakfast within the first hour or two after awakening allows the body’s blood sugar to rise steadily. This provides the body’s cells with energy to start the day right. It also reduces those afternoon lulls.
The more energy you have, the more you can do! It’s as simple as that!
Ever heard of the term “hangry?” Low glucose levels causes anger when hungry. Those who eat breakfast tend to be happier and have less mood swings. A healthy life is definitely a happy life!
By eating a well-balanced breakfast, metabolism is increased and cravings are lessened. The body is a smart machine that can maintain it’s ideal weight when it’s fed the right foods at the right time. So fill your belly with breakfast goodness and reap the benefits!
Now, what you eat is of great value. It is important to eat a well-balanced, healthy whole food breakfast including protein and complex carbohydrates. This does not include cereals packed with refined sugars or anything made with refined carbohydrates such as bagels and muffins made with white flour. A few good examples of a healthy breakfast include chia pudding, oatmeal with strawberries and bananas, eggs with sweet potato hash, and protein pancakes. Protein smoothies and fresh fruit and/or vegetable juices are great on-the-go options for those in a rush in the morning.
The type of breakfast you should eat depends on your current lifestyle. Do you work in an office or are you always on your feet? A writer will benefit from a light breakfast so that he or she can better concentrate and have creative juices flowing. On the other hand, a construction worker will need a heavier breakfast in order to provide energy for the heavy labour.
Either way, know yourself, know your body and start your day right with a healthy breakfast and provide your body with the love and energy it needs. Knowing is half the battle. The rest is up to you!
Here are some healthy breakfast inspirations from our Fitness Foods kitchen.