Whether you are headed into the office, or sending kids to school or day programs, it can be hard to find the time to get breakfast in.
Breakfast is an important meal of the day and many of us skip it because we’re bored of the same foods, or want to spend some extra time in bed.
Why Is Having Breakfast Important?
Eating breakfast has many health benefits that you may not know about.
People who eat breakfast…
- Are less likely to overeat the rest of the day
- Have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol (American Heart Association, 2017)
- Are less likely to feel fatigue at noon
- Have a decreased risk of insulin resistance and belly weight gain
- Have less deficiency in energy, vitamins and minerals
- May decrease their risk of type 2 diabetes
- Have better glycemic control
- Are improving their cognitive function and work efficiency
- Have better cortisol balance
- Have increased bowel movements
- Have less nausea feeling
- Are less prone to gallstones
In addition to all the health benefits above, starting the day with an easy-to-grab breakfast helps to provide the body energy to start the day1,2.
When we skip breakfast, it can be several hours (upwards of 18 hours for some families) between the previous days dinner and lunch, which can be a long time without the body having some nutritional support. If you find yourself feeling tired, rundown and low energy, having breakfast can be a good place to start.
Need Some New Breakfast Ideas?
This nut-free option is filled with protein and some sweetness that kids love.
This can be a perfect breakfast for families on the run.
With only 10 minutes of prep time, this baked oatmeal can become a breakfast go-to for the whole week.
This simple recipe can be made quickly, and taken on the go. Pop it in the microwave at home or at work and enjoy!
These mini quiches are a yummy breakfast option that you can prepare the night before to make your busy weekday mornings easier.
- Badrasawi, M., Anabtawi, O. & Al-Zain, Y. Breakfast characteristics, perception, and reasons of skipping among 8th and 9th-grade students at governmental schools, Jenin governance, West Bank. BMC Nutr 7, 42 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-021-00451-1
- Mohiuddin AK. Skipping Breakfast Everyday Keeps Well-being Away. Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Research 1 (2018): 018-030.