Skip Breakfast? Never!Thursday, July 14, 2011
Answer: No. You should try your best not to skip breakfast. It’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast and eating the calories you missed later in the day is not beneficial to your body.
Why It’s Important
Consider this scenario:
- 8 PM: Finish eating dinner
- 9 PM: Small snack
- 11 PM: Bedtime
- 7 AM (next day): Wake up, skip breakfast, and head to work.
- 12 PM: Lunch break
You skipped breakfast and haven’t eaten food in 15 hours! Getting some morning grub helps jump-start your metabolism. Without breakfast, your body is like a car trying to run on an empty gas tank. It’s likely that you’ll feel sluggish all morning and studies show that you’ll most likely overeat at lunch (going above your breakfast and lunch requirements).
Quick Breakfast Tips
- Don’t have time to sit and eat breakfast? Pack breakfast the night before and take it with you.
- Keep your kitchen stocked with easy to grab breakfast foods like fresh fruit (like apples, bananas or pears), yogurt or a healthy breakfast bar.
- Not a breakfast person? Start small and simple. Have a small (4 to 6 fluid ounce) glass of 100% fruit juice, a piece of fruit, or a slice of whole wheat bread and jam. Getting into the habit of eating breakfast takes some practice.
- Pre-plan breakfast choices, make a shopping list, and stock up. It’s more likely you’ll make healthier choices if they’re already in your house. It’s also a way to avoid the last minute breakfast trip to the corner market filled with unhealthy choices.
Healthy Breakfast Options
It’s important to eat breakfast, but it’s also important to make healthy choices. Choose high fiber, protein-packed options instead of the high-fat, high-sugar ones. Here are some ideas:
- Nonfat, plain Greek yogurt with fresh berries and a handful of granola.
- Two egg omelet with veggies like bell peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Remember to use cheese sparingly since it’s high in saturated fat.
- Whole grain cereal with low or nonfat milk and a piece of fresh fruit. (Look for cereal with no more than 8 grams of sugar per serving).
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal with ½ sliced banana, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- More quick and easy breakfast ideas.
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