Why is the Most Important Meal of the Day So Important?

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You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And this phrase is actually true. Eating breakfast is the most important thing you can do each day. If done right, you can start feeling great and energized throughout the day from a simple healthy meal in the morning. The right breakfast foods, such as fruit, oatmeal, or eggs provide essential energy to get you ready for a busy day. If you’re choosing donuts over these healthier food items, then you might feel a bit sluggish, but foods like eggs, ham, and vegetables (like a veggie omelet) will boost your energy, give you protein for the day, and jumpstart your productive juices. Eating healthy in the morning (or perhaps eating at all in the morning) is beneficial to your well-being, but what else does eating breakfast do for you?

  1. There is a theory that breakfast can help with weight control and weight loss–that is, for meals that contain healthy foods, not those that are loaded with fat and calories, like breads and bacon. How does it aid in weight loss? Perhaps the phrase is more like it helps prevent weight gain. For those that skip breakfast may indulge a bit more during lunch or throughout the day to satisfy that hunger.
  2. Adding a bit of lean protein (like eggs) can prevent hunger until lunch. This not only supports the first healthy breakfast result, but will also relieve that uncomfortable feeling you get while you’re in a morning meeting and your stomach rumbles uncontrollably. Eating breakfast (even if it’s a small, quick one), will prevent you from feeling hungry–at least until lunch.

So which foods are right for your in the morning? Whether it’s a grab-and-go option or a meal that you have time to sit down for, you should choose healthy options to keep you energized and ready to take on the day. Consider a few of these options:

  • A veggie omelet with one piece of whole-wheat toast
  • Fruit smoothie, using low-fat yogurt
  • Whole-grain cereal topped with fresh fruit, using low-fat or fat-free milk
  • Low-fat yogurt with a mixture of berries and other fruit
  • Hard-boiled egg with a banana (lots of protein!)

About the Author: Trish is a guest contributor for Stonecroft Country Inn, a bed and breakfast near Mystic, Connecticut, serving fresh, healthy breakfast every day.