Breakfast REALLY is the most important meal of the day!

August 26, 2008

One of the most common things that I hear from people is that they don’t eat breakfast.  The reason is usually lack of time, not hungry, or as a way to lose weight. 

As cliché as it may sound….Breakfast REALLY is the most important meal of the day! Studies show that people who eat breakfast manage their weight better; have lower cholesterol levels; have greater concentration and performance in school or work; have more energy throughout the day; and have an overall more nutritionally balanced diet.   

So, does the McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast with a large biscuit, which contains 1140 calories, 59 grams of fat, and 2250mg sodium count as healthy breakfast? 

Obviously, NOT! J Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to breakfast:

 

  • The best breakfast foods are high in fiber and protein because they keep your energy level up throughout the morning and keep you full for several hours.
  • Aim for at least 5 grams of fiber + 5 grams of protein at breakfast.
  • Avoid sugary or refined foods, they will only make you hungry and may make you eat more later.
  • It only takes 5 minutes or less to prepare a quick breakfast.

Some healthy breakfast ideas:

o       Whole grain cereal with low fat milk and fruit

o       Oatmeal made with low-fat milk and topped with nuts or fruit

o       Veggie omelet and whole-wheat toast with peanut butter

o       Low fat yogurt (plain or greek-style) with fruit

o       Whole-wheat English muffin topped with low fat cheese and 1 cup berries

o       1 cup low-fat cottage cheese with fruit and 1 slice of whole-wheat toast

  • Breakfast burrito- 1 egg with low-fat cheese on whole-grain tortilla topped with salsa

o       Yogurt smoothie and kashi granola bar (for on the run)

If you MUST eat fast food, go for:

o       McDonald’s Egg McMuffin (300 calories; 12 grams fat)

o       BK’s Ham Omelet Sandwich (290 calories; 13 grams fat)

o       Starbuck’s Spinach, Roasted Tomato, Feta & Egg Wrap (240 calories; 10 grams fat) 

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One Response to “Breakfast REALLY is the most important meal of the day!”

  1. Kim Says:

    I agree, if I miss breakfast; my energy is out of whack. And on top of that, I am STARVING at the end of the day. Because of that breakfast is THE most important meal.

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