You know the drill. Alarm rings. Press snooze. Oversleep. Quick shower. Get dressed. Pamper up. Rush out. All that time to start the day but not enough time to start it right. Between choosing the right fit and getting all dolled up, sometimes there just isn’t enough time to grab a healthy bite to eat in the morning. You’ve been told forever that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” for a reason, yet you bypass it because of the inconvenience of it. What to do? In spirit of Better Breakfast Month, make it a goal to get the good in your body before it’s too late. It won’t do any good to only look good on the outside because you have to feel good on the inside too!
Just like how brushing your teeth freshens your breath in the morning, breakfast freshens your body for the whole day. After a sound slumber, your body wakes up on empty and needs the fuel for a fresh start of the day. If you let your body run on E, you’ll end up crashing right when you need to concentrate, whether it’s during that quiz or the meeting. Even worse, when you starve your body in the morning, you’ll be more likely to overindulge at lunch. Overeating can also lead to the unfortunate afternoon food coma, yet another sluggish response to not giving your body what it needs.
The solution to these afternoon crises is to not only eat breakfast, but to eat a better breakfast. Sweet and sugary cereals offer a quick and convenient breakfast option, but all the sugar consumed will also lead to another crash. Just like how high-luxury cars require high-grade fuel, your body deserves to be considered a hot commodity and be given the good stuff too! Start your day with a balanced meal of a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein and you’ll be feeling so good you might even want to exercise!
Try these tips for a better breakfast:
- Make it whole. Include whole grains in your breakfast to fit more fiber in your diet. It will help you to feel full so you won’t be starving by lunch time. Great options include whole grain cereal, whole wheat toast, bran muffins, and oatmeal. In fact, why not try whole wheat biscuits with honey to celebrate both National Biscuit Month and National Honey Month?
- Top it right. Traditional breakfast foods could always use a fruit and vegetable boost to add more vitamins and minerals. Cereal tastes great with sliced bananas, and scrambled eggs will taste even better with chopped tomatoes and cheese.
- Dig into dairy. Choose low-fat options when starting your day off with dairy. Try cottage cheese with fresh fruit, or plain yogurt with honey and trail mix.
- Take it to go. No time in the morning? Pack yourself a healthy breakfast! Add a few breakfast items to your healthy lunch pack and you’ll be thankful you thought ahead. Some great to-go breakfasts a fresh fruit smoothie, a breakfast burrito with eggs and salsa, or even a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and jelly.
- Keep it simple. If you can’t go for the whole breakfast spread in the morning, even a simple apple will sustain you until lunchtime. Just make sure you eat a proper lunch to make up for the foods that you lacked during breakfast.
- Don’t overeat. For some, breakfast foods are the favorite. Between all the sausage, syrup, and sweets, breakfast is the meal that they look forward to. But eating too much in the morning, especially eating too much of the wrong thing, will lead to a hurt stomach by noon.
Focus on better breakfast habits this month, but don’t give up once the calendar page turns. Once you get the hang of it, your body will get used to the fabulous food that you feed yourself and you’ll be having a better breakfast all year long.
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