Our guest columnist Brett reminds us of the importance of breakfast in today's Wellness Update.
Eat Your Wheaties
by Brett Blumenthal
Without a doubt, breakfast is the most important meal of your day. Studies show individuals who eat breakfast have more energy, better cognitive function and memory, and a lower BMI than individuals who skip it. Further, eating a well-balanced morning meal is instrumental in stabilizing blood sugar and combating fatigue. And school children especially benefit: it sets them up to be more focused and have greater concentration so they can be successful at school.
And, if you are trying to lose weight and opt to skip breakfast, doing so can sabotage weight loss efforts. Regularly eating breakfast is associated with healthier eating patterns, better portion control, less nighttime snacking, and a more evenly distributed caloric intake throughout the day. All of which result in a speedy metabolism.
Get your family up and running to be at their best with well-balanced breakfasts. A healthy breakfast should contain lean protein, which keeps you satiated throughout the morning; high-fiber carbohydrates, which provide energy, promote regularity, and keep you full; and unprocessed healthy fats from natural sources to improve focus and memory.
Good sources of lean protein include eggs, Greek Yogurt, milk and nut-milks. Good sources of fiber include whole grain cereals and oatmeal, whole-grain bread and fruit. And for fats, focus on monounsaturated fats, such as avocados, nuts and seeds, and those rich in omega-3s, such as walnuts and flaxseed.