A balanced breakfast is one of the easiest ways to start your day on the right track. Though it’s often referred to as the most important meal of the day, many people skip it altogether and miss out on the benefits of breakfast. Research has shown that breaking an overnight fast with balanced meal can lead to an overall healthier you. Here are a few reasons why:
Helps Control Your Appetite
One of the biggest benefits of breakfast is appetite control. In order to avoid overeating throughout the day, it’s important to start your day with a balanced meal. Breakfast foods filled with healthy cereals, eggs or dairy products, like this Egg, Ham and Cheese Burrito can keep you full for longer periods of time, preventing you from eating as frequently.
Promotes Brain Health
Breakfast provides the body with glucose, a carbohydrate that fuels the brain. This allows you to be more alert and ready for the day ahead.
Energizes Your Body
Consuming nutrient-dense breakfasts like smoothies, oatmeal and eggs will provide your body with energy and the nutrients to start the day off right. Check out our favorite Healthy Living Breakfast Recipes for inspiration.
Boosts Your Immune System
Another benefit of breakfast is its ability to help your immune system. By incorporating vegetables or even citrusy fruits into your breakfast, your body can receive antioxidants, like Vitamin C, which can help support a healthy immune system (1). This Egg and Veggie Skillet is a great option for an easy, Vitamin C-packed breakfast.
Maintains Cholesterol Levels
Changing what foods you eat may help lower your cholesterol. Adding foods that lower LDL, the harmful cholesterol that contributes to artery-clogging atherosclerosis, is the best way to achieve a low cholesterol diet. Including foods such as oats, barley, whole grains, fatty fish, nuts, soy, apples, strawberries, citrus fruits and liquid oils (canola or safflower) may help lower your LDL along with a healthy lifestyle. Some of our favorite breakfast recipes include Overnight Banana Oatmeal and Blueberry-Walnut Oatmeal.
There are many benefits of breakfast, all which lead to a significant difference in your overall health and well-being. Grab the eggs out of the fridge and start your day on a positive, healthy note! Check out My Food and Family for more balanced breakfast ideas.
1.Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD How Vitamin C Supports a Healthy Immune System, Eatright.org, February, 2019.