Mom didn’t say that breakfast was the most important meal of the day for nothing.
Eating a well-balanced and healthy breakfast is important for so many reasons:
Starts you out on the right foot.
It is easier to stay on track for a well-balanced and healthy diet if you start off your day that way.
Gets your metabolism and brain going.
Studies confirm that eating breakfast gives you a mental and physical advantage. When you start off your day, your body needs fuel. Glycogen stores start to deplete and if you haven’t had any food, by lunch you’ll start to feel fatigued. If you don’t eat breakfast you can lose focus and concentration as well as the ability to think and problem-solve.
Skipping breakfast has been linked to the development of obesity. Studies show that overweight and obese children, adolescents, and adults are less likely to break the fast each morning than their thinner counterparts.
Do better in school.
Studies show that kids who skip breakfast are tardy and absent from school more often than children who eat breakfast on a regular basis.
Life often seems so busy, that making time in the morning before work or school to have a nutritious meal seems daunting. But, preparing a good breakfast can be as quick and easy as splashing some milk over cereal. Time invested in breakfast is much more valuable than the few extra minutes of sleep you might get by bypassing the morning meal. If you and your kids seem unable to make time for breakfast, consider enrolling your children in a school breakfast program, if possible, or pack a breakfast brown-bag or smoothie the night before that can be eaten on the way to school and work.
And these simple breakfast meals are great for your teeth too. Smoothies made of fresh fruit and veggies, whole wheat cereal with milk, and yogurt are all great choices to support your oral and overall health.