Hey y’all! For this Wellness Wednesday, I wanted to go ahead and talk about the importance of a good breakfast, as well as share some of my favorite breakfasts for the week and the weekend.
So by now we all have heard over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I know my parents told me that over and over again as a kid, but I never really had an issue with eating breakfast. I have always been hungry first thing when I get up, so for me, breakfast has always been a must. However, I have friends and even coworkers who don’t necessarily eat breakfast, let alone a healthy one, and that to me is baffling given all the reasons why you should.
So why is breakfast so important?
- It breaks the fast. So part of the importance of a good breakfast is right there in the name. Breakfast or breaking the fast. At night, we sleep for a good 7-9 hours (if you’re getting a healthy amount of sleep), and while we do that our bodies are recharging, but also, they’re not eating. That’s a long time to go without food. Think about it, during the day, we probably don’t go more than 6 hours in between meals. But at night, we go for probably close to 10-12 depending on when you get dinner and then when you wake up and eat breakfast. Think about if you don’t eat breakfast though, you’re keeping your body from getting fuel for even longer. What happens then is your body stores away fat because it doesn’t know when it’s going to get food again. Breaking the fast helps your body realize you’re not in a dangerous starvation situation and helps keep a lower fat ratio on your body.
- It gives you energy for the day. I know most of you drink coffee, but that’s not enough. Caffeine provides energy followed by a crash, but if you eat a good breakfast, you get sustainable energy to help you get through the day.
- It stabilizes glucose levels. Again, going back to not eating all night, your glucose levels may be hurting a bit and you’ll need to eat something to help get those levels back to normal.
If those three reasons aren’t enough for you to start eating a healthy breakfast, then you may be a bit of a lost cause. And no, I don’t buy the “I don’t have time” excuse.
Now, eating a donut will certainly help those glucose levels, but that type of food is not going to give you energy to make it through the rest of the morning, so it’s important to make sure you not only eat, but eat a good breakfast. If that’s something you struggle with, I have some healthy, work-morning-friendly suggestions 🙂
- Chia seed pudding. This is one of my favorites. Using chia seeds and milk of your choice, make this the night before, add your favorite fruit and granola, and eat. It’s really that simple, and will provide protein and energy for you throughout the rest of the morning.
- Whole wheat toast with almond butter. It takes a mere minute or two to toast bread, and then another to put some almond butter on top. I found a dark chocolate almond butter that tastes delicious and is super low in sugar. Like a healthy Nutella!
- Oatmeal. If you get instant oatmeal where you just add water and microwave, you can have a healthy and filling breakfast in minutes. Then you can eat it while reading your morning social media feeds.
- Protein smoothie. Another option that can be made ahead or made the day of. Put together some frozen fruit, your favorite milk, and some protein powder, and you have a breakfast that will help fuel you through the day.
- Hard boiled eggs. Make these on the weekend and you’ll have eggs for breakfast all week long. Just simply crack, peel, and eat.
- Acai bowls. Get yourself some frozen acai packets from the store, add milk and some frozen fruit, blend it up, and then top with some more fruits and granola. Delicious and healthy!
The best part of those above options is that most only take a few minutes to prepare each morning or can be prepared overnight and taken into the office if you really are that crunched for time each morning. No more excuses, make breakfast a part of your healthy lifestyle.