Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. During a busy morning, it’s easy to let breakfast fall low in your list of priorities, but taking just a few minutes to have something to eat can really make a difference to your day. If you don’t have time to eat before leaving the house, there are lots of breakfast ideas that can be eaten on-the-go or when you get to work.
It’s important that you understand the importance of having breakfast. Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like driving your car on a low or empty fuel tank.
Nutritionists typically advise that:
- breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking
- a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA).
Are you struggling to establish a consistent breakfast routine? Here are 5 reasons you should never skip the most important meal of the day:
- Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods such as; soya beans, milk, nuts and cheese are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so try to eat them during breakfast, whether it be a banana or glass of fruit juice.
- Breakfast can be good for your waistline too. Research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning.
- Breakfast also restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function.
- Eating breakfast can also can improve your mood and help reduce the effect of stress, resulting in improved memory and concentration levels.
- In studies amongst children, breakfast can improve behavior and has been linked to improved grades. Just like any other organ in the body, the brain needs energy to work. Establishing good breakfast habits in childhood and maintaining them throughout adolescence may be an important factor in reducing the prevalence of breakfast skipping and developing good eating habits that last a lifetime.
Next time a voice in your mind tells you it won’t hurt to skip breakfast today because you are busy, don’t listen. Instead, try having something that wouldn’t take up time to prepare. If you find yourself in situations like this often, try to keep a steady supply of fruits, as they are work perfectly as a quick breakfast option.