The Importance of Breakfast!

By Elizabeth Jarrard, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

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Your mother wasn’t lying when she said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  In a country of breakfast skippers it’s not hard to run out the door with just a cup of coffee in the morning. Perhaps you struggle to pull yourself out of bed early enough before class to make it to the dining hall. Or you can’t think of the right food to throw in a bag while running to your first class. Here at Sargent Choice we get questions about this frequently. So today we’re here to answer any questions you might have about breakfast. First-You may be asking-why should I eating breakfast? Well breakfast…

Keeps you slim! Breakfast helps revive your metabolism, which slows down while sleeping, and gets it in a calorie burning mode. Starting your day with a meal revs up your body’s fat-burning ability, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian, As proof to that statement, a study at National Weight Control Registry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center showed that four in five successful dieters eat breakfast every day.

Starts your day off on the right foot! After eating a good breakfast you will feel ready to take on the day, full of energy and spirit. You will forget what a post-coffee crash is, and have some of the most productive days you have ever experienced.

Making breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated, even if you’re not a morning person:

Make it sunny-side up: To keep you satisfied until lunch, make sure to mix proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and filling power from fruits or vegetables at the breakfast table. Oatmeal with peanut butter and fruit mixed in will do the trick, as will a veggie omelet with 100% whole wheat toast with peanut butter.

Fill up your tank! Make sure you eat a big enough meal to get you to lunch without feeling like you are starving. Some days you may find your still need a mid-morning snack, but a hearty breakfast will keep you fuller, longer.

But I’m not hungry! A simple smoothie or piece of fruit with nuts is a good option if you aren’t very hungry, but still want then energy-giving properties of breakfast.  Try eating a light piece of fruit when you first wake-up, and then something more filling an hour or so after getting out of bed.

On-the-run If you find you’re always racing out the door in the morning consider breakfast foods you can throw in your bag.  If you’re in a hurry, grab a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter at Einstein Brothers’ Bagels or Espresso Royale. You can also swing by Campus Convenience and  top a Greek yogurt with pre-packaged almonds and granola. Or slice hard-boiled eggs you made the night before on a whole wheat English muffin with a side of fruit.  Consider setting out your breakfast the night before so that it’s easier to prep in the morning.

Now you have no excuses to reach for just a Grande latte and pumpkin muffin at Starbucks for breakfast! If you are looking for more breakfast options, check out this Mayo Clinic article on Quick Healthy Breakfast Options you can make from home!

What are some of your favorite breakfast foods?

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