Breakfast may be the most skipped meal of the day for various reasons. Some people are too busy to prepare something, while others may not feel hungry or may be trying to fast until lunch to lose weight. However, breakfast is important for many reasons and after reading this you may think twice about skipping it tomorrow.
Eating breakfast gives you energy.
Low blood sugar is common in the morning because you haven’t eaten all night. Eating breakfast helps to replenish your blood sugar to help wake up your brain and muscles which gives you energy to start the day. Energy will give you better focus, including improved memory and concentration which serves everyone well, whether you’re heading to work, school, or an exercise class.
Eating breakfast is healthy for your body.
When you eat a healthy breakfast (see below for healthy breakfast recipes), your body benefits from the vitamins and nutrients in your meal. Studies have shown that eating breakfast may help lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol, and help lower the risk for conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
Eating breakfast may help prevent weight gain or promote weight loss.
Research has shown that people who eat breakfast daily are also the ones who are able to lose weight and keep it off. The theory may be that fortifying your body with a healthy breakfast that contains protein and fiber may help to ward off cravings for high carbohydrate or sugary foods later in the day. Eating breakfast is also known to kickstart your metabolism for the day, another factor why it may help prevent weight gain and/or promote weight loss.
What should I eat for breakfast?
If you don’t have time to prepare breakfast, you’re better off eating a small portion of last night’s healthy dinner than grabbing a donut or muffin. Aim for a breakfast that has protein, healthy fats, fiber, and a small amount of carbohydrates.
On my blog I have shared some of my favorite breakfast recipes, and I’ve linked to them below for easy reference. Bon appétit!
- Avocado Toast with Scrambled Eggs
- Power Oatmeal
- Vegetable Omelet
- Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats – Prep the night before and enjoy in the morning
- Grain-Free Cinnamon Waffles
- BLT Egg Muffins – Make a batch to enjoy over the next 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months
- Very Berry Smoothie
- Chocolate Almond Smoothie
- Quinoa Egg Bake
- Berry Parfait (for one)
- Kid-Friendly French Toast
- Eggs Benedict
- Whole-Grain Pancakes with Chia and Flax Seeds
- Swirly Crustless Quiche
- Egg White Omelet (for one)
- Chocolate Oatmeal
- Fruit Muffins