Bring Back Breakfast
Out of our 3 daily meals it seems that breakfast is lowest in the pecking order, but let’s think about this a minute. After up to 10-12 hours your first meal breaks your night time fast waking up you and your taste buds. How is it that so many of us are carrying out our morning routines, navigating our way to work and attempting to concentrate for hours before we eat a morsel? Wouldn’t this whole morning thing be more efficient and enjoyable with a healthy breakfast in our tummies? Here’s why; energy, brain function, essential nutrients and appetite control.
Importantly our first meal provides us with the energy we need to get through a busy morning until our next pit stop at lunch time. Having a high protein breakfast helps to keep you going for longer and this is why milk and yogurt based breakfasts are an excellent choice.
Without eating breakfast it can be hard to concentrate and maximise our brain’s functions in the morning. With protein rich fuel in the tank such as milk, you can function optimally, this is due to dairy products containing complete proteins meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids which can improve mood and fatigue as well as improving exercise performance.
Breakfast is an excellent opportunity to pack in some of your body’s essential nutrients and while the day is ahead of you and your willpower is strong, your first meal is a great time to make some healthy choices. Dairy, as a popular breakfast food category, offers a multitude of benefits; calcium which strengthens our bones, enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract and our heart to beat. Protein, great for muscle growth and repair. Vitamin B12, helping you to release energy from the food you eat. A pretty good reason to enjoy a simple bowl of cereal or a yogurt in the morning.
If avoiding breakfast is an attempt at weight loss or calorie control it may actually be having a negative effect on your weight loss battles. By having a breakfast high in protein it keeps you fuller for longer, meaning you’re less likely to reach for an unhealthy 11 o’clock snack. What’s more, splitting your calorie intake throughout the day helps to maintain you blood sugar levels and improve appetite control. Milk is an excellent choice for weight conscious breakfasters as we use more energy to digest its proteins helping to regulate weight.
So considering all these benefits, we should really start believing in breakfast again. We should trust that taking part in a dairy rich breakfast will offer us so much more in health benefits than if we were to skip it just to bank a few hundred calories for later – which will more likely be unhealthy ones due to increased hunger and spiking blood sugar levels. So raise your bowls and spoons and bring back breakfast!