We all have always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Knowing about it’s health benefits is something we shall put into practice this New Year.
We often don’t realise that skipping breakfast can put our bodies in a fasting state for almost 10-12 hours. Can you imagine yourself not eating for that long in the day? No matter you’re sleeping throughout the night, your body still works internally to make your heart beat, to make your lungs function & give oxygen to each cell of the body. For these functions to go on optimally & continuously, you need to fuel up first thing in the morning, at least within one hour of waking up.
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories through the day & gives energy to get things done. It helps you focus & concentrate at work or school and keeps you pepped up.
Those are just a few reasons why it’s the most important meal of the day.
Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health like better memory, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lesser chances of getting Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes & cardiac issues.
Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s metabolism. When you wake up, the blood glucose your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it.
If the body is not fed well, you may feel low on energy and you’re more likely to overeat later in the day.
BREAKFAST & YOUR WEIGHT :
Can a morning meal be good for your waistline? Studies say YES!
People who have an habit of eating breakfast regularly are fitter and have controlled meals throughout the day. They do not binge on unnecessary high sugar & fatty foods that keeps the extra calories away.
If you’re dieting, don’t think cutting calories by skipping the meal will help. Most people lose weight and keep the weight off eat breakfast everyday. On the other hand, you need to pay attention on what, when and how much you eat. Your breakfast shall consists of all the nutrients that the body needs to load on namely, complex carbs, proteins, healthy fats, fibres & micronutrients. Make the meal wholesome with the right options. Do not make it a high quantity meal, rather focus on the quality of nutrients you’re putting in your body.
As discussed above, breakfast enhances the body’s metabolism which keeps the weight in check & makes you reach your target successfully.
EASY BREAKFAST OPTIONS :
You need not have an elaborate meal to suffice your body’s requirements. Try these recipes below.
Whole grain sugar-free cereal with milk & nuts
Vegetable paratha with curd
Moong dal/chickpea pancakes
Fruit platter with yogurt & oilseeds
High protein smoothie
Egg & avocado open toasts
Beans on toasts
Egg/paneer scramble with stale roti/bread
Almond milk & quinoa porridge with fresh fruits
Keep it simple, easy, and delicious!
Make breakfast your everyday habit & see what it does to your body.