There’s a reason breakfast is called breakfast…it is breaking your fast that you experienced while sleeping. And while sleep is good for your body and brain, when you wake up, it is necessary for your body, metabolism and brain to get fueled in order for it to work properly and function at its highest level.
When you eat breakfast, your body is able to increase its glucose levels, or blood sugar, which is your main energy source. And for any people trying to lose weight, it has been proven over and over again that if you eat a substantial breakfast, it will keep you full longer and prevent binge eating later on during the day. How great is that!
A lot of people have reasons for not eating breakfast such as lack of time, they aren’t hungry, or they don’t like breakfast food. To fix the time issue, try making something the night before. Or if you’re really in a crunch, at least grab a piece of fruit and take a glass of milk before running out the door. If you wake up not hungry, it’s probably because you are eating too late at night. If you eat too late at night, your body starts digesting, but then digestion slows down when you go to bed. That results in waking up with food still in your stomach. So it’s best to stop eating after dinner, and try to keep it at least 2-3 hours before going to bed. If you don’t like breakfast food, opt for healthy breads or some lean meat like turkey and some fruit or veggies.
In need of some great breakfast options? Here are some of my favorites:
• Homemade fruit muffins (blueberry are delicious! And give you those needed antioxidants)
• Cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving (to keep you full longer) with a banana or another favorite fruit
• Two pieces of whole wheat toast with some peanut butter smeared on top, along with a glass of milk
• Breakfast Smoothie! Pick your two favorite fruits, fresh or frozen, mix them with ½ c of low fat plain yogurt, add a little milk and ice and you are good to go! (make it even better with a top of ¼ c of granola)
• 2 hard boiled eggs with whole wheat toast
• Oatmeal with chopped fruit mixed in and a glass of milk