Breakfast is one of the most important, yet most skipped meals of the day. We have all heard, or are even guilty of, a million excuses why we didn’t eat breakfast. Or, we ignore the fact that pop-tarts, bagels covered with cream cheese, and cereal loaded with 10 tablespoons of sugar are bad for your body. Once you read the facts, you may never pick up that doughnut box again.
Benefits of breakfast. There is plenty of research that proves skipping breakfast not only zaps your energy, but leads to everything from high cholesterol to weight gain. If you eat a good, nutritious breakfast, you may notice less body fat, improved mood and energy, balanced blood sugars, appetite regulation (yes, you CAN have self-control walking past the office “Krispy Kremes”!), and become mentally sharper during the day. Sounds like a win to me! A good way to determine a “nutritious breakfast:” any food that doesn’t come in a box, bag, or is able to stay on the shelf for longer than two weeks without going bad.
What to eat. Again, think NUTRITIOUS. Eat real, unprocessed food. Try to eat a balanced meal that consists of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. This includes: eggs with whole-wheat toast, Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, or oatmeal. Don’t be afraid of a colorful plate- throw some vegetables and fruit on there, too! Some of my favorite breakfast meals are: Egg omelet with spinach and feta cheese, oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries, or a green shake (almond milk, spinach, mixed fruit, and chia seeds. YUM!). There is no “every day meal” that you need to stick to, just make sure you aren’t finding yourself at Sheetz grabbing a “Schmuffin” or at the golden arches ordering a “Big Breakfast with Hotcakes.”
Make it a routine. Not a morning person? Relax…breakfast is one of your easier meals to prepare. One of the most important steps in making sure you eat breakfast every day: Establish a time and a routine that you can stick with! I recommend that you eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up to boost your metabolism. For some, it might mean preparing your meals ahead of time since that snooze button can get the best of us at times. Nothing is quicker than putting oatmeal in your crockpot the night before or having hard boiled eggs in the fridge waiting. For others, maybe setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier is the answer. Trust me, your body will thank you for it!
The next time you think about skipping breakfast or you find yourself making sweet-tooth decisions, think about what your decision does to your body. You only have one body to live in; it deserves the best!
This article was written by Brittany Scott, Next Level Trainer/Performance Coach and Nutrition Coach for EatFit Nutrition Coaching. She can be contacted at 703-754-0161 or Brittany.Bailey@NLTraining.com.