Breakfast has long been called “the most important meal of the day”. It truly may be just that. Eating breakfast, after you have gone without food for as long as 12 hours while you sleep, provides nutrients, energy, and aids in alertness, focus, and concentration. People who eat breakfast generally have a healthier diet overall. Additionally, they are usually less hungry for snacks during the day, as their tummies are comfortable, and their minds are properly fueled. However, many people still skip breakfast. People who skip breakfast tend to nibble on unhealthy and unfulfilling snacks during the day, making them feel tired, unfocused, and low on energy.
Despite the benefits of breakfast for your health and well being, many people often skip it, for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons for skipping breakfast include:
- Not having enough time or wanting to sleep longer
- Trying to lose weight
- Too tired to prepare food
- Bored with the same foods
- Are not hungry in the morning
- No food handy
The good news is there are plenty of ways to make it easier to fit breakfast into your day.
Prepare some healthy breakfasts in advance. Make overnight oats before you go to bed or bake banana muffins on the weekend. Muffins freeze well and defrost easily for eating during the week.
Keep some granola bars and fruit at your workstation or desk, for a prep free morning energy boost.
Make hard boiled eggs and keep them in your refrigerator for a protein filled wake up call.
Freeze pre-cut fruit and have it ready to blend into a quick smoothie.
Get a coffee maker that allows you to set brewing times.
Have nut butter, yogurt, and granola available for a healthy fat, protein, and carb filled parfait.
Don’t enjoy breakfast foods? Who says you have to eat them? Make a sandwich with turkey and mustard, if that’s your jam. Or enjoy your leftovers from dinner the night before. With just a little pre-thought, and action, you can make breakfast a part of your everyday routine.