If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: breakfast matters. But it’s not just advice health experts give to complicate your life. It’s sound healthy living advice backed by research. Learn why your morning meal counts.
1. Breakfast is your weight loss friend.
If you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy one, breakfast is a smart tool to add to your lifestyle. In a study of people who had maintained weight loss for more than one year, nearly 80% reported eating breakfast every day. About 90% said they ate a morning meal at least once per week . Strawberry, Almond Butter, and Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait and Make-Ahead Egg & Veggie Muffins will kickstart your morning the right way.
2. Breakfast improves concentration and performance.
People who regularly eat breakfast have higher concentration and achievement levels than those who skip breakfast or only eat it occasionally . That’s why your morning meal counts for you—and for the kids in your life too! Get laser-sharp with Mango Chia Breakfast Bowl or Protein Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.
3. Breakfast suppresses the appetite.
Morning meals with protein and fiber are effective at satisfying your appetite, which is especially important after your body’s all-night fast. Eat a nutritious breakfast so you’re less likely to cave to unhealthy snack cravings, like foods that are too salty or too sweet. When your appetite is satisfied, you’re also less likely to overeat later in the day. Zucchini and Egg Breakfast Burritos and Savory Southwestern Sweet Potato Waffles are yummy additions to any morning menu.
4. Breakfast fuels your body for the day ahead.
One study found that women who ate eggs for breakfast as part of a low-fat diet reported higher energy levels than those who consumed a carbohydrate-heavy bagel . (It’s worth noting that those who ate the eggs showed no signs of increased cholesterol levels during the study.) Add Chocolate Chip Workout Pancakes or Eggs and Tomato Feta Toast to your menu this week.
5. Breakfast can help lower cholesterol levels.
Another big-time reason why your morning meal counts is that a healthy breakfast may help lower cholesterol levels. For example, oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which can contribute to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Just be sure you avoid processed oatmeal mixes that contain refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Instead enjoy Baked Banana Oatmeal or Refrigerator Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries.
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