Yes, yes, you know the importance of breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But how can you sit down to a good meal when there’s so much to do? You’ve got to get the kid’s ready for school, and you’re more focused on making sure they get breakfast. Then you have to rush out the door to get to work. Or, maybe you’re just bored with the same old breakfast selections, so you’d rather just wait until lunch. No matter what your reason, you really shouldn’t be skipping this essential meal. Here’s why.
Start Your Day Off Right
There’s a reason the meal is called “breakfast.” It breaks the fast you had overnight. Depending on when your last meal or snack was the night before and what time you get up in the morning, this fast could last up to 12 hours. Even though you’re resting, your body is still using energy, slowly bringing your fuel tank toward empty. And when you skip breakfast, that fast goes on even longer, and your morning activity empties the tank that much quicker. Making sure to eat breakfast gives you a chance to put more energy into the tank, giving you what you need to tackle the day ahead.
Clear the Fog
That fog you feel in the morning isn’t just from being tired. As previously mentioned, even though you’re sleeping, your body still uses energy, dragging down your glucose levels. This can leave you feeling groggy, and like there’s a haze in your brain. Breakfast clears the haze away and allows you to think clearly. It can even help your memory and improve your mood.
Ever skip meals in an effort to save calories and lose weight? Well, all those efforts and your rumbling stomach are for nought. Many studies have shown that skipping breakfast can actually make weight loss extremely difficult. Your metabolism slows your body tries to hold onto the nutrients it still has. You might even miscalculate the calories you missed out on and try to make up for them later on, and then end up overeating. Eating a complete, nutritious breakfast fills you up, and keeps you full throughout the day, helping to combat snack cravings. You’re also more likely to eat a smaller dinner, which is typically a meal during which most overeat.
Keeps You Healthy
All foods have some nutrition to them, but not every food has the same. And foods that are traditionally reserved for breakfast contain calcium, B vitamins and iron, nutrients you might not see from other meals. Circle Café’s breakfast menu is full of food items that contain these essential nutrients – grilled halloumi, eggs benedict, full breakfast platters – all of which give you a good head start on making sure you get all of your daily nutrients. Your body will be ready to fight off colds, the flu and other types of infection. But that’s just the start.
The nutritional benefits of breakfast go far beyond fighting off the common cold as well. There have been multiple studies that prove breakfast lowers your blood pressure as well as your risk of developing heart disease. It also aids in regulating your insulin levels, preventing the likelihood of type II diabetes. In this manner, eating a nutritious breakfast each morning helps to keep you healthy and ensures you’ll be around to enjoy many years.
Brighten Your Complexion
Good food nourishes you inside and out. Eggs, a popular breakfast food, is high in lutein, an antioxidant known for increasing the elasticity of your skin and combating free radicals. Eggs aren’t the only breakfast food with this beneficial, skin brightening component. Oats and walnuts are known to contain it as well.
Breakfast is important but it doesn’t have to mean boring. Even if your mind is full of the things you need to get done during the day, make sure you take the time to sit down to a good breakfast. With your stomach full and your head clear, you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day has in store.