It’s easy to skip breakfast. Many of us do this every single day. But is it good for us? Nope. There’s nothing healthy about it.
A healthy morning meal refuels us, provides us important nutrients and vitamins, and helps us maintain a regular weight. Consistency is everything, and it’s better to be consistent at eating than not eating.
It’s undoubtedly even more important for children to eat a healthy breakfast each day. No, this doesn’t mean a Jack in the Box breakfast burrito on the way to school. Kids desperately need nutrition to set the foundation for a strong and healthy adulthood. Try going the route of bananas, yogurt, eggs, milk and juice. Not only does it help them physically, but studies show that they have better concentration and more alertness in school.
As far as what food groups to include in your daily meal, doctors suggest whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and of course fruits and vegetables.
Now the real issue for most of us is time. We don’t have enough to eat. When we wake up in the morning we have to run to work, or drop off our kids at school, or feed the dog but not feed ourselves. This is why cereal exists, people! It’s a pour & consume meal.
What should you look for in dry cereals? Taste, for one. But also look at the nutrition facts to see how it stacks up in the realm of fiber, sugar, and calories—less than 160 calories is your ideal intake. According to the Mayo Clinic, 3 grams of fiber should be the minimum amount per serving. If possible, try for five.
Smoothies. No, not the kind full of unnecessary fats and calories. We’re talking about smoothies that contain plain yogurt, fruits, and a spoonful of wheat germ. This combo is not only healthy but it tastes pretty darn good too!
Another option is a whole-wheat sandwich with low-fat cheese, lettuce, and tomato. If you don’t have time to fix one up in the morning, do it the night before and throw it in the fridge. To make it easier to remember, just build your sandwich while you make your coffee for the next day.
If you’re one of those people like myself—the person who used to skip breakfast everyday—just start developing new patterns. They say it takes about a month to change a habit but I’ve found it can happen a lot more quickly. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll start noticing the healthy effects.