I love breakfast! When we were children, breakfast was compulsory. Since it was prepared by our parents, we just had to eat it. Then, when we grew up, we’d prepare our own meals. Some of us are parents, which means we also have to take care of meals for our partners and the children, and of course, it can happen that the morning rush overtakes us and we skip our breakfast.
A healthy breakfast is a good start to the day, but until recently even I didn’t give much thought to this idea. Countless times I get distracted by work or other errands in the morning or have just too much coffee and breakfast gets pushed far back and then I end up skipping it altogether, I didn’t have time to prepare anything beforehand. Yet, I tell my daughter to finish her breakfast before she leaves for kindergarten because I know breakfast is important. We all do! But do we know why? That’s what we need to talk about.
‘Why Is Eating Breakfast So Important?’
1. Helps you jump-start your metabolism
We know that metabolism is the process by which the food we eat is converted into energy that we need for us to get about our daily lives. And breakfast is supposed to kick-start this complex process after a night of fasting. I know there are conflicting opinions on whether or not breakfast affects your metabolism, but I know that on the days I don’t eat breakfast, I feel a little light-headed and unfocused.
Even though our work isn’t as strenuous as it used to be back in the day, and most of us sit in front of our laptops and work, choosing to eat breakfast can help us to endure our mental exhaustion and concentrate. Hence, I believe is a healthy choice.
2. Often associated with good focus and memory
Do you sometimes suffer from brain fog? Our lives are such that we’re constantly switching from one device to another, staring at the screen of the phone, laptop, or TV. Sometimes a foggy brain prevents us from focusing on our work. But a healthy meal before the start of the day can make all the difference and have a positive impact on your concentration and memory.
3. Keep unhealthy cravings in check until your next meal
I’ve found that on days when I’ve eaten a good breakfast, I’m less inclined to snack on unhealthy alternatives throughout the day. I’m usually full by lunch, but around 10 or 11 I might eat some fruit or a pastry. For someone like me who goes straight for Nutella pancakes and waffles, a good breakfast means it’s rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber, and carbohydrates, like avocado toast, mixed nuts with yogurt, eggs, or oatmeal.
4. Helps maintain a healthy weight
I think there are many theories about this and many opinions about what it means for each of us to maintain a healthy weight. I don’t want to dispute any theory or anyone’s own preference but if you are trying to reach or maintain a certain weight, skipping a meal may not contribute to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, some research suggests, that skipping meals, especially in the morning could lead to blood sugar and symptoms such as brain fog, exhaustion, and anxiety.
5. A good breakfast can put you in a good mood
There is no meal I enjoy more than my breakfast; the thought alone makes me happy! But when you really think about it, we hardly ever give enough credit for the role food and nutrition play in one’s mental health. Even if you disregard all of the above benefits of a good healthy breakfast, there is still no denying what you put in your body can affect not only your physical health but also your mental health.
Some quick healthy breakfast ideas…
Yogurt and Berry smoothie – Frozen Strawberries+Blueberries+Spinach
Avocado and Egg Toasties
Berry Breakfast Parfait with Kiwi and Chia Seeds
Oats with berries+almonds + stirred yogurt
French bread toasts with sun-dried tomato, pesto, and some thyme
Sometime later I will do a more extensive post on breakfast smoothies…Do share with me your thoughts and of course breakfast ideas+recipes :)x