The act of eating breakfast is as old as the Neolithic era (late stone age) when large stones were used to grind grains to make a sort of porridge. From then on this morning meal evolved into several forms and breakfast as we know it today began in the early 19th century. Here are some reasons to convince you that breakfast is a must.
Importance for Children
Skipping breakfast is a common practice for many children and adults alike. However, it is not a smart decision. Extensive research has indicated that children who eat breakfast perform better at tests and schools, and the same goes for adults who need to fuel their brains in order to function properly. Children’s growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on a regular intake of food. Although children can go on for as long as eighteen hours without food, this period of semi starvation can lead t a lot of physical, intellectual and behavioral problems.
You Need Breakfast to Burn Your Lunch
The consumption of an early morning snack increases the metabolic rate and kick-starts your body telling it what to expect the rest of the day. If breakfast isn’t consumed, your body doesn’t process your next meal as quickly and tries to hold onto those nutrients. Since it didn’t get any morning fuel, it tries to hold onto the afternoon meal as long as possible, instead of burning it right away.
Breakfast Helps Lose Weight
Many people skip breakfast in an attempt to lose weight. However, research indicates otherwise. People who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Breakfast is necessary for weight loss and skipping breakfast has been closely linked with the development of obesity. When you don’t have breakfast, you are likely to eat more food than usual at the next meal or snack. Many studies suggest that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller more frequent meals. Also, it’s more likely that people who regularly eat breakfast also make good dietary choices the rest of the day.
The Breakfast Investment
A wholesome nutritious breakfast will not save you time in the long run. Preparing a healthy breakfast doesn’t necessarily need to be a time consuming task; time invested in breakfast is much more valuable than the few extra minutes of sleep you might get by bypassing this essential morning meal that will recharge your brain and body and make you more efficient in just about everything you do.
What Breakfast Foods Give You?
Wholegrain foods such as breads, cereals, oatmeal and pancakes provide good carbohydrates and lots of vitamins, minerals and energy. Proteins in the form of eggs, cheese yogurt and peanut butter also contain amino acids which build, maintain and replace body tissue. Furthermore, failing to incorporate fruit and vegetable in breakfast deprives the body of essential anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Improved Mental Function
It is a proven fact that people who eat breakfast enjoy increased concentration and productivity. They have better eye hand coordination, increased ability to concentrate, better problem-solving skills and are more alert and creative.
Boost Your Mood
An empty stomach and remaining hungry can cause mood swings and irritability. A satisfied stomach will be reflected on your face as well as your words and actions.
A Healthy Breakfast
A healthy blend of protein and fiber will help satisfy hunger and keep you feeling full until lunch time. While eggs are rich in protein, they are also rich in saturated fats. With only about 75 calories, an egg is quite filling so it can help keep the hunger pangs away. Other protein rich foods to include in your breakfast are: low-fat meat, low-fat dairy products, nuts or nut butters. Also, vegetables and whole grains are an excellent source of high fiber.
A healthy breakfast doesn’t need to be extravagant or time consuming. There are plenty of healthy options to choose from. They key is to eat smart. A breakfast as simple as a hard-boiled egg, a slice of whole grain bread and a glass of fresh fruit juice provide all the essential nutrients. A bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk can also provide the necessary morning nutrition. Add chopped vegetables such as spinach, carrots and tomatoes to make you omelet healthier and more interesting. Grab a banana, apple, grapefruit or any other in-season fruit before you head out the door. They won’t feel as heavy if you have them on the go. Also, blueberries and strawberries make delicious smoothies to add excitement to your everyday breakfast.
If you are one of those people who don’t like to eat a proper breakfast first thing in the morning, try splitting up your breakfast into two smaller meals. Try having a hard-boiled egg and a cup of yogurt before leaving for work and snacking on an apple or a handful of healthy nuts an hour or two later. The bottom line is to make sure you have some kind of healthy breakfast everyday to ensure a healthy happy life.
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