Written by Joanna McCracken
Breakfast is the time of day to do exactly what the word implies: break fast. When you wake up in the morning, you’ve likely not eaten anything for 10-12 hours; breakfast is the time to recharge your system and provide your body with what it needs to get through the first third of your day. Here are a few reasons that breakfast is called the “most important meal of the day”:
• Helps maintain a healthy weight. Even though it seems like skipping a meal might help you lose weight, it often does the opposite. Studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to make better food choices throughout the day. Whereas when you don’t have breakfast, you get so hungry that you tend to overeat and choose higher fat and calorie foods at other meals.
• Increases productivity. Studies show that breakfast makes you more alert, gives you energy, improves your memory, and enhances your problem solving skills – all traits you need to have a productive day.
• Boosts Mood. I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry I’m no fun to be around. A good breakfast can help improve your mood and keep your mood consistent throughout the day. So, do yourself and everyone around you a favor and eat something. To find the breakfast that makes you feel your best, try something new every day for a week and write down how it makes you feel. Are you hungry an hour later, or do you feel full until lunch? Do you feel tired or energized? What’s your mood like? Do you have an upset stomach, or a happy belly?
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
• Day 1: Eggs or scrambled tofu
• Day 2: Smoothie or fresh pressed juice
• Day 3: Oatmeal, quinoa or granola
• Day 4: Toast with almond or peanut butter
• Day 5: Fruit salad
• Day 6: Veggie salad
• Day 7: Greek yogurt with berries or raw honey
• Day 8 (optional): Traditional japanese breakfast of steamed rice, broiled fish, miso soup, picked vegetables, seaweed and green tea.
Feel free to try this as often as you like!
Joanna McCracken is a holistic health coach and 500-hour certified yoga teacher who loves to cook. Her goal is to educate and assist people throughout their unique journey to better health, and to make that journey fun and delicious! Visit Joanna’s blog, Pepper My Salt, or follow her on Facebook.