If you don’t know this already, it is EXTREMELY important to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast right when you wake up in the morning. There is no better way to start your day if you want to have a happy and fulfilled day.
For me, breakfast must also include a few cups of coffee to get me going. But that’s a personal preference and has, somewhere along the road, turned into a need!
I know most people have heard that breakfast is important for our health, but why exactly is it so important?
A healthy breakfast jump-starts your day, refuels your body and may even benefit your overall health.
A healthy breakfast should include protein, carbohydrates, good fats and fiber. It is also a good idea to try to eat fruit instead of drinking a sugary juice. (Although I must admit, I love to have a nice glass of orange juice in the morning.)
Lately, I’ve started my mornings by drinking a couple glasses of cold water. Drinking cold water is a great way to jump-start your morning and metabolism, as well.
The Benefits of a Healthy Breakfast
By eating a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to:
- Eat more vitamins and minerals
- Eat less fat and cholesterol
- Have better concentration and productivity throughout the morning
- Control your weight
- Have lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease
- They will concentrate better
- Have better problem-solving skills
- Have better hand-eye coordination
- They’ll be more alert and creative
Everyone is busy, I know. Here’s what you can do to make eating breakfast quick and easy. And no, do not grab a doughnut on the go!
Eat a dry cereal, but make sure it’s a good one.
Look for these key items in your cereal:
Fiber. Make sure you eat a cereal with at least 3 grams (g) of fiber per serving. Five grams would be even better!
Sugar. The healthiest cereals have 5 grams of sugar or less per serving. Sugar doesn’t automatically make a cereal unhealthy, so a little bit more than that won’t hurt.
Calories. If you want to control your calorie intake, chose a cereal with less than 120 calories per serving. Some have more than that and are still healthy.
Watch for enough fiber, look out for sugar and you will make a great choice.
Top the cereal with some fruit, too, for the ultimate healthy breakfast experience.
A Cereal to try:
1 cup General Mills Cheerios
Fiber: 3 grams
Top with some blueberries (or any other fruit)… it’s delicious!
Another quick, yummy and healthy breakfast to try:
Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich (High in protein)
Cook time: 5 minutes
Protein: 10 g
Total fat: 11 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 45 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
2 slices of whole wheat bread
2 tbsp peanut butter
- Toast two slices of whole beat bread.
- While bread is toasting, slice a banana into thin pieces;
- Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on toasted bread and line with bananas.
- Cut in half and serve.
Talk about delicious and quick!
Breakfast increases metabolism and fuels the brain. Don’t ever skip breakfast. Start your day out right.