All About Breakfast
If you find your energy levels are low throughout the day, and your work ethic is sluggish, you might need to reconsider what you ate (or didn’t eat) for breakfast. Many people just grab a cup of coffee and use the excuse “I don’t have time for breakfast,” but there are many quick solutions to this problem that can drastically improve the way you feel, and function, throughout your busy day. I’m sure you’ve all been lectured on how “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but maybe you’ve never been told why.
Let’s first understand how breakfast fuels your body and mind. Breakfast sets the tone for your day. When you sleep, you are essentially in a state of “fasting” because your body goes without food for hours. This is why it is called “breakfast,” you are “breaking” your “fast”. When you wake up, your body needs fuel, similar to a car driving on empty. Breakfast wakes up your mind, and will allow you to work, learn, think, and exercise at your peak potential.
Breakfast builds a solid foundation for your day. It provides your body with the energy it needs to get through stressful situations or long work hours. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and protein such as eggs, unsweetened Greek yogurt, and protein powders are all important for a nutritious and balanced breakfast. If you have time, try making some eggs with sautéed veggies, and oatmeal topped with fruits and nuts. Seriously, try it! This only takes 10 minutes. If you are in a rush, some of my quick solutions are smoothies and protein shakes. I love to make smoothies with oatmeal, flavored protein powder like strawberry or chocolate, some blueberries and banana, ice, and almond milk. That takes less than 3 minutes to make and is portable for busy, on-the-go people!
Eating breakfast also aids in weight-loss. If you are trying to lose some extra pounds before summertime, understand that eating a large breakfast (300-400 calories) will actually boost your metabolism and aid in fat-loss throughout the day. As mentioned above, the type of breakfast you eat is very important. If you splurge on sugary cereal, high fat breakfast sausages, or white flour pancakes, you will find yourself hungry again a lot sooner, whereas a healthy and nutritious breakfast will keep you full longer. These unhealthy breakfast foods may trigger other cravings for unhealthier and less nutrient-dense foods throughout the day during lunch or snack time.
Another issue people have during breakfast time is that they are just not hungry in the morning. Many people struggle with finding an appetite at these ridiculously early hours of the day. I used to struggle with this, but according to my goals, I HAD to make a change. I gradually increased the amount of food I ate over two weeks. After the two weeks were up, I found my stomach screaming at me for sustenance by the time I woke up. Breakfast is now my favorite, and largest meal, of the day. It wakes up, fuels, and primes my body and my brain for the day ahead.
One of my favorite breakfast smoothie recipes below: