We know getting out of your bed in the morning can sometimes be difficult, and when you are busy, it is not always easy to make time for breakfast. However, having a balanced, healthy breakfast before you go to work or start your daily activities can have valuable health benefits that you should not miss out on. Here are 5 reasons for you to consider having breakfast in the morning instead of skipping it.
Breakfast can help keep your energy levels stable
After you have been fasting overnight, your body has to replenish its energy levels. You can do so by having a balanced breakfast that will provide you with all the nutrients you need: protein, complex and simple carbohydrates (read this article if you'd like to learn more about carbs and sugars), healthy fats, vitamins and minerals… Carbohydrates are one of your body’s main energy sources: simple carbs provide a quick energy release, whereas complex carbs release energy during long periods of time, and can help you feel energised for longer. So make sure to include food sources that are rich in complex carbs in your breakfast, such as wholegrain foods (oats, wholewheat bread, etc). These are classic, tasty breakfast options that are easy to prepare even when you’re on the run.
Breakfast can help you stay focused
Your brain needs glucose to function properly, which is why having breakfast can help improve your attention span in the morning and allow you to think clearly. What’s more, after you have had a filling, healthy breakfast, you are less likely to get distracted by hunger throughout the morning. A good, balanced breakfast will also ensure you do not overeat before or during lunchtime, because you will not feel as hungry as you would have without breakfast. So if you want to stay productive from the moment you get up, don’t skip breakfast!
Breakfast can give you a nutritional boost
Breakfast is an important meal, just like your other daily meals. This means that what you have for breakfast should be as nutritious as your other meals. Keep your breakfast balanced with nutrients (protein, healthy fats, carbs…) and try to favour whole, unprocessed foods when possible. Fresh fruits and veggies should not be forgotten, as they are full of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function. Yes, you can eat vegetables in the morning! If you think that is a strange concept, why not try the following: you can make a nice smoothie combining fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots, baby spinach, cucumber, celery, kale; you can add sautéed spinach or kale to your regular omelette or fried eggs; you can make a sandwich with tomato, salad, avocado, and your protein source of choice… The options are endless when it comes to healthy breakfast ideas!
Skipping breakfast might not be a good idea for weight loss
Many people believe that skipping breakfast can help with weight loss. When you are trying to lose weight, what matters most is your total calorie intake, which has to fit your needs. You may think that skipping breakfast, and thus reducing your overall calorie intake, would work and make you lose weight, but the reality is that this is not a sustainable approach. There is no need to starve yourself when you are trying to lose weight! Skipping breakfast may also lead you to overeat later in the day, thus hindering your efforts. Remember that too much restriction and frustration is often a recipe for disaster when trying to lose weight. Instead, try to make conscious choices about what you eat and choose a tasty, balanced breakfast that will keep you feeling full until your next meal.
Not having time is no longer an excuse to skip breakfast!
Nowadays, most people have a very busy lifestyle, with tight schedules and no room for delays. However, this should not be at the expense of your health. Having breakfast every day is a healthy habit that you can adopt with just a bit of organisation and preparation in advance – that being said, some delicious breakfast recipes don’t even require prepping in advance, like our banana protein pancakes that are ready in just a few minutes. Here are a few tips to make breakfast easier and quicker when you’re in a hurry:
- Have simple foods, like oatmeal: Simply pour milk and oats in a bowl, microwave for 1 to 2 minutes and then add the toppings of your choice (banana, berries, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, etc.). To gain even more time, you can also have overnight oats like our high protein spiced vanilla overnight oats that you just need to prepare the night before, and they will be ready to eat in the morning. Easy, right? Alternatively, you can also prepare baked oatmeal in advance – for example, high protein banana choco baked oatmeal, and just eat a portion in the morning.
- Make a smoothie: Smoothies are super simple to make, you literally just need to put all your ingredients of choice in a blender and blend until smooth. It doesn’t get easier than that, does it? The trick is to cut and prepare your fruits and veggies in advance: you can keep them in airtight containers in your fridge, or even freeze them. That way, you’ll just need to mix everything in the morning and you’ll be ready to go! Check out our tasty high protein three layers smoothie (vegan) for inspiration.
- Pack a healthy breakfast to have on the go: On days when you simply don’t have time to have breakfast at home, you can still have breakfast on the go! For example, you can easily pour your smoothie in a bottle and have it a work. You can also pack a sandwich and nutritious snacks such as nuts, fruits, and veggies in your bag and have them on your way to school or work. Another option is to bring some snack bars with you: you can try our Peanut Boost bar for an energy boost or our Muscle Builder bar to increase your protein intake and keep you going all morning long.
It can seem difficult to make time for breakfast when we have very busy lifestyles. However, breakfast comes with a variety of health benefits that should not be overlooked. If you really cannot make time for breakfast in the morning, there are plenty of healthy breakfast options that you can have on the go. And if you are unsure about what you should eat for breakfast, check out our article on the subject. There’s no excuse anymore for skipping breakfast!