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The Keys to a Better Breakfast

We’ve all heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but no statement has ever been truer! Breakfast gives your body the energy it needs to refuel after a long night of fasting, kicking your muscles and brain into gear. Without it, you might feel tired throughout the day and be more likely to overeat later on, suggesting that those who incorporate breakfast into their daily routine are less likely to be overweight. Breakfast foods provide our bodies with all kinds of essential nutrients including calcium, iron, protein, fiber, and an array of B vitamins that nourish us physically and mentally.

Studies have linked breakfast with a number of health benefits such as better memory and concentration, lower levels of cholesterol, and lower risks for cardiovascular issues including diabetes and heart disease. Eating breakfast has been associated with overall health and well-being at any age, but it’s important to consider what goes into a healthy breakfast. To get the most out of your morning, try to incorporate some or all of these dietary components into your breakfast routine:

  • Whole Grains: Many breakfast foods are stacked with carbohydrates that are needed to kick start the body with energy. Some of the healthiest sources of whole grains for your morning include whole-grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, or low-fat granola. Not to mention, whole-grain foods contain additional doses of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals!
  • Protein: Developing and maintaining the maximum level of lean muscle depends on getting enough protein during the day. Breakfast is the perfect opportunity for your body to get its daily protein requirement from tasty, protein-rich foods like eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, and lean meats. Adding protein to your serving of carbs in the morning can also support satiety, keeping you fuller longer.
  • Fiber: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide a generous amount of fiber imperative for proper digestion of foods. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber- found in beans, nuts, and fruits- dissolves in water; it helps monitor blood sugar levels and even reduces cholesterol. Insoluble fiber is a bulky fiber that does not dissolve in water, preventing constipation. Whole grains, wheat cereals, and vegetable like carrots, celery, and tomatoes are beneficial sources of insoluble fiber. Try pairing whole wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas, or a veggie egg white omelet for a healthy serving of fiber in the morning!
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