You’ve probably heard the quote, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” so many times that it has begun to lose its meaning. However, it’s not just a myth. There’s a reason that quote is so popular. Breakfast has numerous benefits for your body and mind.
Stable Energy Levels
Eating breakfast can help get your day off to a good start and help you stay energized. When you sleep, your digestive system slows down. Many people eat lightly or skip food completely in the morning, eat heavier in the afternoon, and finish off with a big dinner (and dessert too). There is a problem with this strategy as it deprives you of food when you need it the most, which is in the morning. If you skip breakfast, your body stays in this slower state, slowing your metabolism and leading to weight gain.
Eating breakfast can help to jumpstart your digestive system. Consumer Reports agrees with the benefits of breakfast, stating, “Eating within 2 hours of waking can make a difference in the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day. Your glucose level rises every time you eat, and your pancreas produces insulin to shuttle the glucose into your cells, where it’s used for energy. Research is finding that keeping glucose and insulin in the right balance has important effects on metabolism and health.”
Start Your Day Right
Eating a healthy breakfast can refuel your body, and help you to eat less later in the day. When you skip breakfast, you are more likely to overeat later in the day. Consuming a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fat, and protein can fill you up, and satisfy your hunger.
Breakfast is not just an extra meal. It serves several purposes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The breakfast image featured on this post is one of my personal favorites that includes an organic egg and avocado with daikon radish microgreens on top and just a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. Add a serving of your favorite organic fruit and you are set!
For 18 great ideas for quick and healthy breakfasts, check out these recipes on RealSimple.com.