Everyday is a new and unique day, but there is one thing that should be consistent. Just as preparing ourselves for work or school is a daily routine that we have mastered, so should eating a sufficient breakfast. We have all heard since our youth that it is the most important meal of the day, and that is no lie. As we get older we take on much more responsibility and feel pressured with the tasks we have at hand from the time we step out of bed. It’s very simple to have this very important meal overlooked and put off until later in the day. I can definitely relate to this because I have done it through most of high school and college. Many Americans skip breakfast and instead eat small snacks that hold us over until lunchtime, which is when we pig out to our heart’s content. It’s strange that in many cultures, such as in Mexico, breakfast is looked at as being the essential meal of the day. Families gather to eat together before everyone is out of the house doing their own tasks. This is something that is lost in many households today, but is something we should definitely try and change for the better.
Beginning in our youth, not eating breakfast is the most harmful. With the lack of food in the morning, there is a direct link to producing a very low iron level in many young people. With this low iron level, learning and completing tasks throughout the day becomes much more difficult. As these years are the most essential times in life to learn, much of the youth that are not fed properly are not getting the amount of knowledge from their schooling as they should. The intake of essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, folic acid, and zinc are much higher in breakfast-eaters. These studies and results were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
In fact, not many of us think that eating breakfast can actually help us lose weight, or simply keep of those pounds. By beginning the day with a meal of about 500-600 calories, we are setting the stage for our stomach for the rest of the day. In the morning meals do not need to be filled with meats, like your other meals might, but rather with fiber-filled foods. Finding a good fiber-rich cereal, granola, or oatmeal can definitely do the trick. These are foods that are able to subside hunger and any snack cravings for hours on end. Actually, they also steer the body away from heart disease, diabetes, and the possibility of a stroke, as well.
Occasionally in this blog I will begin to post a solid, yet very quick and easy breakfast recipes that I use. Those who are not avid cooks and dread waiting for their food to be prepared should not be alarmed; these will be recipes that require no more than 5 minutes of preparation. I am a person that loves meals that are quick and ready for me to eat, so sparing an extra few minutes to cook and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning is definitely something I work to continue, and so should you if you haven’t done so already.