Janie Moore: Breakfast on the brain
March 20, 2012
If you want to avoid low work performance, your first step should be eating breakfast. When you wake up, your brain and body are ready to be recharged with a fresh supply of glucose, or blood sugar, the brain's basic fuel.
Breakfast has the power to provide you with the energy you need throughout the day. Studies have shown that breakfast improves work performance in adults and children. Most importantly, multiple studies have shown that eating a nutritious breakfast is a necessary piece to weight loss and weight control. People always say there is no silver bullet when it comes to weight loss, but breakfast could be as close as it comes. Surely, this is not the first time you have heard that breakfast is important and for a variety of reasons. It has earned the title "most important meal of the day" for a reason. What challenges are causing us to skip this meal so frequently?
■ No time? If you regularly skip breakfast in the interest of saving time or getting a few more minutes of sleep, remember that taking ten minutes to eat a nutritious breakfast will save you time in the long run. By recharging your brain and your body, you'll be more efficient in just about everything you do. There also are several ways to have breakfast ready without cutting into your beauty rest. Make-ahead breakfast ideas include: slow cooker oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, cheese and veggie frittata, mini quiches and breakfast burritos. The possibilities are endless! These are all delicious options that will please the pickiest of eaters.
■ No appetite? If the thought of breakfast first thing in the morning is unappetizing, give your body time to adjust by introducing foods that are easy to digest. Then, make a point to eat a midmorning snack. As you acclimate your body to eating first thing in the morning, eating breakfast will become easier every day.
■ Not healthy? Another breakfast challenge: sugar, saturated fat, carbs and caffeine. A healthy breakfast does not consist of a Mountain Dew and a donut or even a cup of coffee and a muffin (muffin is a healthy sounding name for cake). You should try to get a serving of whole grains, protein and a fruit or vegetable. Avoid empty calories, sugary drinks such as soda and juice, products made with white flour and foods packed with sugar and fat. Breakfast does not have to be the basic egg and toast you grew up with. Have sliced cheese, an avocado and a side of apples. Heat up leftover soup or stew with plenty of protein and vegetables. Even a turkey sandwich is better than a donut. Take a few minutes and search healthy, easy or make-ahead breakfasts on the Internet. The results will excite and astound you!
Remember, it's never too early to set you and your family up for success with a healthy breakfast.
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