Wellness Wednesday: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast

Photo Courtesy: Ask Aida, Foodnetwork.com

 

While breakfast is known to be one of the most skipped meals of the day, it is also regarded as one of the most important meals of the day. Here is why…

  • Better concentration and more energy: Eating breakfast may give you energy, which is likely to increase your physical activity during the day, says Mayoclinic nutritionist, R.D. Katherine Zeratsky. Zertasky notes that skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.
  •  Controls blood glucose and regulates blood sugar levels: Eating a healthy breakfast will help refuel and restore your body’s glycogen levels. If you skip breakfast the prolonged fasting can increase your body’s insulin, which also increases fat storage and weight gain, according to Zertasky.
  • Better over-all nutrition and weight control: Breakfast literally means, breaking the fast. After sleeping for 6-8 hours, your body needs food to recharge and refuel. Eating breakfast in the morning will help kick-start your metabolism and your day. According to WebMd, people who tend to skip breakfast accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. Eating breakfast may also reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating, says Zeratsky. 

Therefore, by eating breakfast you are recharging your brain and you body and by doing that you will be more efficient in just about everything you do.

The key to a healthy breakfast is a balanced breakfast containing. A balanced breakfast consists of: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber and water. Here are a few ideas if you are a known breakfast skipper:

– Soy or Greek Yogurt with granola and/or berries

– Egg white omelet with avocado, spinach, tomatoes and an 8 oz. glass of OJ

-Toast with peanut butter and honey

Vans Wheat Waffles with peanut butter spread on top and a banana

-Hard Boiled egg and a granola bar

-A small bowl of cereal with skim, soy or fat-free milk.

Smoothie either made with veggies or fruits and soy or low-fat milk or yogurt (click the ‘smoothie’ link for a delicious orange and strawberry smoothie).

If none of these ideas seem to please your palate, search through websites or through previous Wellness Wednesday posts blogs for more recipe ideas. The internet is a wealth of information!

Coming up next week… Millie Stanley Cup Winner and history of the Millie Stanley trophy!

By: Cassandra Gonzales

USGA-WSCGA Intern

 

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