Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I know you’ve heard a million times, but it’s no gimmick; breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day!
A good breakfast helps wake you up, kick starts your metabolism and is the first step in getting your 3 essential meals needed to meet all your dietary needs.
So if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we need to make sure were doing it justice! Here are some things to remember when it comes to breakfast!
1. Don’t skip it
Seriously. Just don’t.
2. Load up on whole grains
Whole grains contain protein, fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients your body loves. Also, diets high in whole grains, such as oats, lower your risk of chronic illnesses.
Americans generally don’t eat enough whole grains in our diets so even just one cup of oatmeal in the morning can do you a whole lot of good!
3. Don’t forget fiber
Fiber promotes digestive health, lowers cholesterol and helps control blood sugar.
You can find it in apples, citrus fruits, oats and wheat bran. (Well, you can also find it tons of other places, but for the sake of our breakfast theme, we’ll stick with these).
4. Get full
Food is fuel for your body. And just like starting a roadtrip with a full tank of gas keeps you from having to stop for gas before you reach your destination, having a full breakfast keeps you from unnecessary snacking during the day.
And aside from snacking, a good breakfast gives your body the fuel it needs to do the things you need it to do!
5. Eat it asap
So there have been some debates on when you should eat breakfast. But, the one I tend to agree with (yes, I know, everyone is different) is that you should eat within 60 minutes of waking up.
Breakfast starts to rev up your metabolism and starts giving your body the energy it needs to get you to lunchtime. It also starts regulating your blood sugar (which is low when you wake up since your last meal was probably 8 hours ago). So get your breakfast in early if you can!
6. Make it nutritious
One of my biggest pet peeves are people who eat junk for breakfast and then complain about not feeling well or feeling sluggish by the time the afternoon hits.
Eating a nutritious breakfast is what’s going to get your body feeling great! So making sure you get fiber, whole grains, protein and healthy fats is what is crucial! Drop the poptarts and sugary cereals and eat a real breakfast, folks!
7. Fats and proteins are your friends
There’s a reason why avocado toast and egg scrambles are a super popular breakfast trend! They are two examples of nutritious breakfast options your body will thank you for later!
Protein is obviously super important for your body and for vegans and vegetarians, we need to make sure we have protein with every meal! And fat is often overlooked because people are confused about good fats vs. bad fats (but that’s another blog post!).
8. You can have more than one!
So going along with tip number 6, I personally have 2 breakfasts. A quick bowl of cereal while I get ready and then I have a meal prepped breakfast I heat up once I get to the office.
Obviously, you don’t have to eat 2 breakfasts, but I do find it to be beneficial to get my energy up and my body going with a quick, small meal and then have another one when I get to work to help keep me full!