Your mornings may be hectic, the alarm may not go off, or you may not seem hungry first thing after waking up.
Whatever your reasons may be skipping breakfast puts you at a distinct disadvantage. And while you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, approximately 40 percent of people don’t eat breakfast on a regular basis.
Why do you need breakfast? What are some fast, easy, and healthy foods to serve your family in order to get them ready for a good day? Keep reading to find out.
The Morning Necessity
Breakfast provides the fuel that is needed by all bodies to start the day. When you wake up in the morning, your tank is empty and it is time to “break the fast” so to speak.
Food gives the energy needed to function mentally and physically. Don’t believe it? Consider this: Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast perform better throughout the day, have longer attention spans and are sick less often. As if this isn’t enough, people who eat a healthy breakfast are better able to get the daily nutrients they need. They are more likely to eat recommended levels of essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium; magnesium; phosphorus; riboflavin; folate; iron; and vitamins A, C, and B12. Breakfast-consuming people also tend have lower cholesterol levels.
Many people skip breakfast because they’d rather sleep in or because they think skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. Unfortunately, skipping breakfast to lose weight is a myth.
In fact, those who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to have a greater body mass index (BMI) than those who do, since skipping breakfast makes you so hungry they eat extra calories later in the day to make up for their skipped morning cuisine.
Easy, Healthy Options
Why aren’t you eating a healthy breakfast each day? If it’s because you’re too rushed in the morning or you think you don’t have extra time to make a homemade nutritious meal, it’s time to change your thinking. There are plenty of easy, fast, healthy foods to have readily available for you to grab and eat on the way.
Any food is better than no food for breakfast, but healthy foods give you the energy required to make it until lunch. A great way to knock out breakfast is to handle it the night before by hard-boiling some eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are a great source of protein and are fast and easy in the morning.
You can also keep some small yogurt containers in the refrigerator for you to grab on the go. And of course, keep whole-grain bread, English muffins, or bagels on hand to throw in the toaster.
You can also warm up microwavable oats. Keep whole-grain, low-sugar cereals on hand that you can eat with low-fat milk or yogurt. And lastly, keep fresh fruit such as apples, bananas, and pears readily available to eat on the go.
These are all nutritious options that are easy for anyone to make themselves.
Good Start So before rushing out the door tomorrow morning, make sure to give yourself a good start to the day. Fuel up with a quick, healthy breakfast – your stomachs & minds will thank you.