Bring Back Breakfast
Choose the best breakfast: A. Leftover cold cheese pizza and orange juice
B. Peanut butter and banana sandwich and milk
C. Cold cereal with raisins and soy milk
D. Shake made with frozen fruit, milk, juice, and wheat germ
E. Poptarts, a hard-boiled egg, and vegetable juice
If you chose A, B, C, D, or E, then you're correct! The best breakfast is the one that you'll eat regularly (and is relatively well-balanced).
The Neglected Meal
Gone are the days when it was unthinkable to start the day without a good hearty breakfast. Now people have more excuses than they can shake a spatula at for why they cannot or do not eat a morning meal. Do any of these sound familiar?:
- I do not have time
- I am not hungry in the morning
- I am trying to lose weight
- I do not like breakfast foods
- When I eat breakfast, I am more hungry mid-morning
The Case for Breakfast
We have all heard it—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But you know what, it is true
. Here are some reasons why: Breakfast is the time to refuel.
After fasting for the 8-12 hours after dinner and during sleep, your body needs to replenish its energy supply. The brain is especially in need of a fill-up, because it has no place to store its main energy source, glucose, which comes from the foods we eat. Without eating you won’t be able to think or concentrate. Muscles also rely on glucose for a portion of their energy. Eating breakfast is associated with better attitudes about work and school.
People who pass on a morning meal are often tired, irritable, or restless in the morning.Eating breakfast regularly is associated with maintaining a healthful weight.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people who skip breakfast are more likely to overeat at snack time and other meals throughout the day.Breakfast can add to the healthfulness of your diet.
Breakfast food can be an important source of the following nutrients in your diet: