>Break the Fast

>Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. Do you eat breakfast every day? At least something for breakfast every day? Yes, I realize not everyone likes to eat breakfast, and many people say they don’t have time for breakfast. But in literal terms, the word “breakfast” came about because when we eat in the mornings we are literally breaking the fast. Think about it. If you eat dinner at 6:30 PM, and don’t snack before you go to bed, your body could go 18 hours without nourishment if you don’t eat lunch until 12:30 PM the next day.

What are some benefits of eating breakfast every day?

  • Breakfast refuels glucose levels (glucose comes from carbohydrates), and in turn gives you more energy throughout your day.
  • You’ll be more focused and alert.
  • You may notice increased productivity at work.
  • Blood sugar levels will regulate.
  • If you have problems with overeating, breakfast helps control your hunger pangs later in the day.

Some quick ideas for breakfast:

  • Buy some pre-washed, pre-cut fruit to keep in your fridge, or spend 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon washing and cutting fruit for the week so it’s easy to grab on the go.
  • Keep some 100% whole grain bagels on hand (whole grains are the best carbs to choose). Store your bagels near your toaster so you can pop one in to toast while you’re getting ready for the day.
  • Buy some Luna bars or your favorite protein/granola bar for a healthy option that you can eat in the car on the way to work.
  • If you have time to eat at home, keep some quick oats on hand so you won’t have to fiddle (yes, fiddle) with the oven before 8:00 AM. They’re microwavable, and delish if you add cinnamon, milk/almond milk, fruit, walnuts or raisins. Plus, what a nutritional powerhouse!
  • I’ve blogged before about how much I love Amy’s products. Her breakfast burritos are terrific, filling, inexpensive, and a great way to start the day.

So if you’re “not a breakfast person,” do your stomach a favor and try starting your day with at least a little something to eat, even if it’s a piece of cold, leftover pizza (though not my best nutritional recommendation!).

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