As we come to the close of Better Breakfast Month, KIND Nutrition Correspondent, Alicia Gilmore, wants to share some insights as to just why breakfast is so important – and how to make the most of it. Let’s take a look…
We’ve all heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But why? What’s in it for us?
Quite simply, breakfast breaks the fast. All night, your body has been resting, repairing and using it’s stored energy for fuel. When the sun comes up, it is ready to restock so it can get on with the day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast have better concentration, more energy, as well as lower cholesterol levels. Children who have their breakfast perform better in the classroom, have better problem solving skills, concentration and eye-hand coordination.
Breakfast eaters are also more inclined to weigh less than those that skip the first meal of the day. Some thoughts on this are that those that eat breakfast are more conscious about what they chose the rest of the day. Breaking that fast can also prevent overeating at lunch and throughout the day.
So what is a good choice for this all-important meal?
A healthy breakfast should consist of a variety of foods. Complex carbohydrates provide good fuel as well as healthy fiber and antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals needed for everyday functions. Dairy or calcium-fortified foods help support healthy bone.
So how to combine the above into a great – and easy – breakfast? Try any of the following:
- Whole wheat English muffin with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a glass of fortified orange juice
- Low sugar, whole grain cereal like KIND Healthy Grains, with non-fat milk and topped with fresh fruit
- Hardboiled egg, a banana and a slice of whole grain toast
- A KIND bar and a glass of orange juice
- Low-fat yogurt, combined with low-fat granola and fresh fruit
Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard – it doesn’t have to be the minute you step out of bed. Having breakfast at 10 still counts! Take a couple minutes every day to start your day off right.
- Alicia Gilmore, RD, KIND Nutrition Correspondent