Getting healthy and losing excess weight is seriously tricky business. Believe me, I know! I used to be 100 pounds overweight.
Even when it seemed like I was doing everything right, the number on the scales barely budged. That was until I learned this one fact which enabled me to change all that and lose 97 lbs. All it took was one meal!
What’s My Secret? I Started Eating Breakfast!
Did you know that 31 million U.S. consumers skip breakfast regularly? A report by market research company NPD shows that adults between the ages of 18 and 34 are the most likely to go without breakfast intentionally.
You spent your entire life with your mother or grandmother or public service announcements insisting to you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. As it turns out, there are many scientifically-backed, excellent reasons to eat breakfast, and we’ll discuss a few of them now.
1. Breakfast Keeps You Full
Eating a healthy breakfast helps you to make better choices later on in the day by filling your body’s fuel tank early. By warding off hunger at the start of your day, you may find it much easier to resist the temptation of the snack machine. Make sure you get some protein in to help keep you feeling full!
2. A Healthy Morning Meal Helps Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar
You likely know how important maintaining a healthy blood sugar is already. Did you know that breakfast is a crucial component in pulling blood glucose levels out of fasting mode for the day? A healthy, well balanced breakfast helps you maintain blood sugar until lunch time. Skipping breakfast may even raise your risk of diabetes.
3. Eating Breakfast Gives You Energy
The word breakfast literally breaks down to ‘break fast’. You’re breaking the natural fast that occurs when you sleep at night, and a healthy breakfast is the best way to replace the energy that your body has expended overnight. Your body needs that energy, and your brain does as well!
4. Breakfast Helps You Stay Healthy
There are several studies which prove that eating breakfast helps maintain overall health. Men who skip breakfast are at a higher risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol and diabetes.
Generally speaking, people who make the time and effort to eat a healthy breakfast are more conscious of their health and how their daily choices affect it. Maybe that’s because it’s easier to care about your wellbeing on a full stomach!
5. It May Help You Lose Weight
Based on current research, people who skip breakfast are more likely be overweight. Researchers have found that skipping breakfast may trick your brain into craving high calorie foods. When combined with the filling effects of a healthy breakfast, it makes sense that it can help you in your weight loss journey.
What is a Healthy Breakfast?
The classic breakfast foods of the last few decades aren’t the healthiest option, even if you try to balance that sugary processed cereal with fruit and a glass of milk.
Most breakfast foods are fairly low in protein, which is very important in maintaining blood sugar and energy levels.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or time consuming to be healthy. There are a remarkable number of quick and easy recipes at your fingertips in the age of the internet. I’ll point the way to a few of my favorites.
My Favorite Recipe
Eggs are high in protein and many other nutrients, and with a boost of healthy spinach and delicious bacon, you can’t go wrong with a bacon spinach frittata. Frittatas and other egg casseroles have the added benefit of being able to make them ahead of time.
Frittata with Bacon & Greens
- 3 eggs
- A dash of full fat milk
- 2 slice of chopped bacon
- 1 cup of spinach
- Seasonings to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl
- Fry the bacon until crispy and set aside
- Add the spinach to the skillet and cook until wilted
- Pour the egg and milk mixture into the skillet and season
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the egg is cooked through
- Top with bacon before serving.
Final Thoughts on Breakfast’s Amazing Powers
Skipping breakfast simply isn’t good for you. Make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast so you can be the healthiest, happiest version of you!
Short on time in the morning? It’s no excuse to skip breakfast. most of these super healthy breakfasts can be made in 10 minutes or less