Studies have continuously shown that breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. When we skip breakfast, we might do this because we do not have time, or maybe we think this is going to help us lose weight – less calories means less fat, right? Wrong. Actually, the body is such a complex system and needs sufficient fuel in order to operate properly. When we skip a meal, and specially breakfast, we tend to feel hunger throughout the day. This will, more often than not, lead to overeating and snacking on unhealthy foods with loads of fats and sugars, due to the hunger sensation signalized to the brain. Understandably, this will not help, but actually prevent weight loss. Another important benefit you get from eating a healthy breakfast is that it contributes to giving you all the essential nutrients you need in a day. When you skip your breakfast it is proven to be very unlikely that you will make back those lost nutrients, which you need to consume with every meal.
Why you shouldn't skip your breakfast?
Skipping breakfast will, as mentioned above, lead to cravings for foods high in saturated fats and sugar. This means that you are more likely to make bad food choices throughout the day, which again can lead to vitamin deficiency and a lack of nutrients overall. In order to maintain optimal function of your system overall, it is important to eat a healthy breakfast. Especially in children, it has been proven that those who eat a healthy breakfast has a higher concentration and performance rate than those who skip their breakfast. This is because it is essential for our brains to receive the right vitamins and minerals in order to function properly. So, what qualifies as a healthy breakfast? New studies will prove and disprove on another in a constant battle of cat and mouse. One day eggs is essential, the next it is cancerogenous. One thing is certain though, variety is key. Make sure you implement foods representing each group, preferably in every meal, but especially in your breakfast. Fruits and vegetables should always be part of any meal. Not only are they a good source of fibre and energy, but they also include a lot of water, minerals and vitamins that we need – but get too little of today. Nuts is a great source for healthy fats and proteins, calcium, iron and zinc. You should especially make sure you eat some almonds, brazil nuts and cashew nuts throughout the week. Almonds are particularly high in calcium, which is great for those of you who do not eat dairy products. If you like to include dairy products in your diet, then you should opt for yoghurts that has “live and active cultures” which will ferment the pasteurized milk into yoghurt. Making a smoothie or a juice to complement your breakfast will make it easier to consume enough vegetables and fruits. You can also add seeds and nuts to the smoothie, as well as yoghurt, for those who do not necessarily feel that hungry in the morning, or those who have little time. Eating a healthy diet is important in order to function properly throughout the day. Make sure you eat a balanced diet, and start the day off with a sufficient meal, to ensure you get all the nutrients you need.