Breakfast can often be the forgotten meal. About 10 to 30 percent of Americans skip breakfast, and those of us that do eat breakfast often rely on grabbing a granola bar, doughnut, or the typical sugar based cereal. It is no wonder that we lack the energy to get through our busy days or our kids struggle to perform in the classroom.
4 Reasons to Eat a Healthy Breakfast
- Be More Alert – Studies have shown that those who eat breakfast are more alert and kid’s have shown to perform better on tests compared to those who skip breakfast.
- Weight Gain Prevention – Supplying your body with loads of sugar in the morning can cause your blood sugar to drop a few hours later. This puts us in the cycle of needing a pick me up every few hours.
- Stay Motivated – When was the last time you ate a doughnut then went for a workout? Exactly. Fueling your body with a healthy breakfast can give you the right motivation to stick to your healthy, weight loss goals.
- Healthy Habits – Getting your day started with the right mix of hearty and healthy sets you up to make healthy decisions throughout the day.
The Perfect Time to Eat Breakfast
The general rule of thumb is to eat within one hour of waking up. The earlier you eat breakfast the better it can be for kick-starting your metabolism. Just for reference, breakfast is defined as a meal eaten before 10 am.
For the Fitness Goers
Ideally, you should try to eat breakfast before your early morning workout. Without fueling your body, your body can struggle to perform at it’s best. If you can’t eat one to two hours before working out, try eating a light carbohydrate.
Looking for a little breakfast inspiration? Take a look at our Breakfast Plan.