Eat your Breakfast!
We constantly hear, “Eat breakfast, it's the most important meal of the day.” Many of us still tend to skip it, though. Why do we keep hearing about this buzz-worthy meal? Studies have shown breakfast to yield many health benefits such as improved energy levels and concentration by restoring glucose levels. Glucose is an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function. In studies among children, breakfast can improve behavior, information retention, and has been linked to improved grades. Consuming a nutritious breakfast also promotes weight management by jump-starting your metabolism and helps to avert cravings, not to mention distracting hunger signs before lunch. Lastly, breakfast can improve our stress levels and happiness, avoiding that hungry feeling (hungry and angry; don't worry, we've all been there).
If you feel drops of energy throughout your day, this could be due to a number of factors, such as dehydration, lack of sleep, stress, but chances are your metabolism has slowed down. Eating breakfast as well as smaller, more frequent meals can help keep your metabolism boosted, providing energy that your body needs to power through the day.
Breakfast does not have to take a long time to prepare. Eggs, Greek yogurt with fruit, whole-wheat toast with almond butter, dried goji berries and banana slices, or overnight oats are great options. Overnight oats has become my favorite breakfast because it is versatile, can easily be prepared the night before and is very satiating. Sometimes I will add Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, or different nuts to the recipe. The possibilities are endless! Having a breakfast that is convenient, tasty and nutritious is encouraging and won't leave you feeling deprived. Try it!
- 1 Serving, 355 calories
- Fat: 16.1 g
- Carbs: 40.5 g
- Protein: 13.7 g
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup milk (or milk beverage, I use an almond coconut blend)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon brown flax seeds
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 1. Mix or shake all the ingredients together in a glass jar and refrigerate overnight.
- 2.The next morning, remove from the fridge, top off with your favorite fresh fruit, and enjoy!
Cat Senet, Director of Fitness, Powerhouse Gym and Studio