Well okay, perhaps not literally! But it IS true that how we fuel our body first thing in the morning can make a difference to the rest of our day and most importantly, how we feel. And yet so many people still don’t even eat anything for breakfast. The saying, eat breakfast like a Queen, lunch like a Princess and dinner like a Pauper isn’t strictly true (yes we changed that up slightly but you get what we mean!) but the basis isn’t a bad one to follow.
After fasting overnight, breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel. That’s where the name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are running on empty. Imagine trying to start your car with no fuel? You wouldn’t get very far!
To constitute as breakfast it must be eaten within 2 hours of waking. In skipping this meal of the day the body misses out on essential nutrients that are unlikely to be compensated for later in the day.
Breakfast can be good for the waistline too, as research has shown that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers who are more likely to reach for high sugar and high fat snacks mid-morning. Breakfast can also help restore glucose levels linked to brain function. Many studies have shown how eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels and it can also make us happier as it improves mood and lowers stress levels. Just like any other organ in the body, the brain needs energy to work at it's best!
Eating breakfast has also shown to have long term health benefits including the prevention of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
So, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!
Stuck for ideas? Check out these tasty and super easy breakfasts at http://www.delish.com/cooking/nutrition/g1412/quick-healthy-breakfast-recipes/