What's the big deal about breakfast?

 It seems like since elementary school, everyone’s always told us to eat a well-balanced breakfast. But why? I mean, other than getting hungry earlier in the day, why does everyone constantly reinforce that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, I did a little digging and found four reasons why breakfast is important, and why it should never be skipped! 

1. Helps curb your carb cravings.

Your body needs carbs to function, but too many carbs can also add on the extra pounds. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are more likely to crave carbs throughout the day than those who eat a healthy breakfast. This means eating a nutritious breakfast can prevent you from carb binging on something unhealthy later in the day. Carbs digest fast and provide quick energy for a growling stomach. Your body usually goes 6–8 hours at night without food and needs fuel when you wake up. If you don’t provide the fuel your body needs, it’s going to find fuel that burns quick and hot. Hello donut craving!

2. Helps boost your metabolism.

Just like breakfast helps you wake up and get going, it does the same for your metabolism. While you’re asleep, your metabolism is slow, but the moment you wake up your body, it jump starts your metabolism. However, if your body doesn’t have the energy (food) it needs, it will revert back to being slow. Moral of the story, eat breakfast and the sooner you eat it, the better.

3. Helps your diet.

Those who eat breakfast are more likely to have a healthier diet overall. You’re more likely to consume your recommended servings of vitamins and minerals. Specifically, breakfast eaters consume higher amounts of vitamin A, C, riboflavin, calcium, zinc, and iron. I like to add fruit to my cereal or oatmeal, which adds yummy flavor and more vitamins. It’s a win win!

4. Helps your weight.

Eating breakfast can help you lose or maintain a healthy weight. You’re less likely to consume sweets and more likely to eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Your body will be fueled to conquer a new day!

 One of my favorite things growing up was when my mom would make me and my siblings breakfast before school. I know it gave me the energy and vitality I needed to function at my best every day. Even if it was something as simple as oatmeal or eggs, which are both quick options that will give you a big head start on your day. Also, eating enough protein in the morning—our nutritionist recommends 20 grams for breakfast—can help you stay full until lunch.

What are your favorite quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas? Share with us in the comments!  

Hannah Mackintosh