When was the last time you had breakfast?
Do you know that skipping breakfast can cause you to lose focus and get stressed easily?
The best way to start your day strong is by eating breakfast – the first meal you take in the morning. As the name suggests, breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period. It is often described as the most important meal of the day because it provides sustenance and energy (i.e., calories) for whatever activities lay ahead.
Breakfast replenishes your body supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.
You may want to ask, what is the importance of breakfast?
Health Benefits of Eating Breakfast
- Nutrients: Besides being fuel for your body, breakfast also provides key nutrients. You are more likely to meet the overall nutritional needs if you eat breakfast.
- Weight loss: While there are no studies or evidence that proves having breakfast helps you lose weight, it can help curb your hunger and to make better choices throughout the day rather than jumping on junks.
- Regulation of blood sugar: Not eating breakfast can have a negative impact on your blood sugar. It can prevent your body from using its own insulin thereby causing inflammation(swelling).
- Heart Health: Setting aside a few minutes for breakfast in the morning can keep your arteries cleaner and clearer. Research shows that skipping breakfast may increase the risk of atherosclerosis(plaque buildup on the arteries).
- Better performance: Having breakfast helps to improve your memory, boosts your brainpower, focus and helps you to concentrate better in school or at work. It also reduces behavioural problems in children.
- Appetite: Breakfast plays an important role in regulating appetite, hormone levels and the number of calories we burn throughout the day.
- Risk of illnesses: When you eat breakfast, you tend to have a lower risk of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes
Food that Qualifies as Breakfast
Not all food qualifies as breakfast. However, here is a list of foods that qualify as breakfast
- Grain: When choosing breads and cereals, choose those made primarily with whole grains. Whole grains include oatmeal, barley, brown rice cereals, buckwheat, whole cornmeal, millet, whole rye, whole wheat or others.
- Fiber: Fiber not only helps to promote regularity and prevent constipation, but it also helps prevent cancer and heart disease later in life. Look for breads with extra fibre and serve fruit nectars instead of juice.
- Milk: A glass of low fat, fat free or soy milk or yogurt is a great addition to a breakfast.
- Protein: Breakfasts that include a good source of protein will be more satisfying and nutritionally balanced than an all-carbohydrate meal.
Tips for Making Breakfast a Habit for Children
- As parents, it is important that you help your children with breakfast. If you have breakfast fast often, your children most likely do too.
- If time is the problem, waking up 10 to 15 minutes earlier to make breakfast is advised.
- You can also cook ahead or freeze ahead of time so you will just warm it in the morning.
You need breakfast to start your day right with energy and sharpness of mind. Be a super parent by making sure that you serve your kids healthy breakfast
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