Mornings have never been my favorite part of the day − anyone who knows me will likely agree with laughter. With that being said, I often miss out on breakfast. It’s no secret—starting your day off with a nutritious and well-balanced meal offers immediate rewards, like a boost in energy for work or exercise. However, eating breakfast also produces many long-term benefits, such as improved heart-health, weight loss, and lower cholesterol.
September is Better Breakfast Month, so rather than keep the chef waiting, let’s chat and chew about other healthy breakfast bonuses and recipes you’ll want to wake up to whip up!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING BREAKFAST
Helps you maintain or lose weight. When you eat breakfast, you not only feel full, you actually suppress the release of hunger hormones that stir up an appetite. Not to mention, you are less likely to overeat throughout the day. Eating fewer calories is a great way to kick-start a weight loss program or get in better shape; however, skipping meals is not the way to obtain those goals. Research has shown that dieters, who eat breakfast regularly, on average, drop 50 percent more weight than dieters who skip out, and were more likely to maintain their weight loss for at least two years.
Check out these 7 Research-Backed Breakfast Tips for Faster Weight Loss from Women’s Health Magazine.
Lowers the risk of health complications. Overtime, your morning bowl of cereal can help lower your chances of developing diabetes, obesity, and other health-related problems. Individuals who do not eat breakfast increase their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by more than 20%, according to The Washington Times’, Dr. Nina Radcliff.
Increases brainpower. Just like the gas in our cars, our brains need fuel to function as well. Eating breakfast jump=starts your body and brain by providing the necessary vitamins, nutrients, and minerals necessary to operate. Many studies have also shown that eating breakfast can lead to improved memory, concentration, learning, and creativity.
Morning meals keep you heart-healthy. Skipping breakfast can greatly impact our heart and lead to increased health risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and a mix of unhealthy blood-fats. One Harvard study showed that men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to have a heart attach or die as a result of coronary heart disease. It also showed that the men who didn’t eat breakfast were more likely to be single, smoke, and consumer more alcohol; they were less likely to engage in physical activity as well.
START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT: HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES
For a quick look at healthy breakfast foods, check out Health Magazine’s list of The 20 Best Foods to Eat for Breakfast, or try one these recipes:
- Eggs ‘n’ Greens
- Scrambled Eggsadilla
- Eatingwell® Waffles
- Apple & Veggie Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
- Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie
The best part about breakfast, besides the occasional breakfast-for-dinner surprise, is how you can mold the meal to your lifestyle—whether you need something quick in the morning or you enjoy reading the paper with your coffee, there’s always a healthy option to start you off on the right foot!
Have something to add? Spread morning cheer and your love for the important meal of the day in the comments section below!