Better Breakfast

By: Kaitlyn B., Registered Dietitian, Lifestyle Consultant, Woodbury

Most of us have heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. You may wonder, “why”? Did this well-known phrase originate from myths or is there truth to it? Fortunately, research has showed evidence that breakfast IS the most important meal. Read on to discover what just makes breakfast the most important meal of the day.

1.)   Breakfast boosts energy levels

When you eat breakfast, you are breaking the overnight fasting period (hence the name, “break-fast”). With the first bite you take in the morning, you are refueling your supply of glucose. Our body’s main energy source is glucose, and we need that energy to take on our day.

2.)   Helps control your weight

After you eat breakfast, you kick your metabolism to start burning calories throughout the day. Skipping an early meal signals to your body to conserve, rather than burn, extra calories. Breakfast also helps control our appetite. By eating breakfast, you prevent large changes in your blood glucose levels that aid in keeping your appetite steady. Additionally, when you skip breakfast, you are more likely to become really hungry. Breakfast fills you and helps you avoid high energy foods later in the day.

3.)   Boosts brainpower

Studies have shown that when people eat breakfast, memory, concentration, and feeling alert all improve. Overnight, you may have gone 10-12 hours without eating.

When you wake up, your energy supply, glucose, is running low. The food you eat for breakfast will provide you with the energy to use your brain power at its fullest potential.

Now you may be wondering what you should eat for breakfast to receive all the benefits of the most important meal of the day. A cup of coffee and a donut should do the trick, right?

Unfortunately, that breakfast will not provide all the benefits to the most important meal of the day. When choosing a breakfast, you want to create a balanced meal. When possible, create a breakfast that includes protein, whole grains, and a good source of fiber.

A breakfast rich in protein, whole grains, and fiber will sustain your energy for longer periods of time and keep you feeling full for longer. Look below for breakfast recipe ideas from Livea!

  1. Breakfast green drink
  2. Garden vegetable quiche
  3. Berry delicious smoothie bowl
  4. Zucchini muffins

References

Breakfast. Breakfast – Better Health Channel. (n.d.). Retrieved August 2022, from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/breakfast

Healthy buffs: Ask the expert-eating breakfast to energize your mind. CU Boulder Today. (2017, July 13). Retrieved from

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2016/09/21/healthy-buffs-ask-expert-eating-breakfast-ener gize-your-mind#:~:text=How%20does%20eating%20breakfast%20affect,them%20more% 20alert%20as%20well.

University of Washington. (2021, December 20). What does a healthy breakfast look like?

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Why you should eat breakfast. Rush University System for Health. (n.d.). Retrieved August 2022, from

https://www.rush.edu/news/why-you-should-eat-breakfast#:~:text=Probably%20the%20mo st%20appealing%20benefit,be%20had%20for%20the%20day.