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5 Reasons Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

For a lot of people (myself included some days), breakfast is one of the last priorities. It seems like it is the first thing that gets cut out of the morning routine when we're running short on time. But why is that?

The benefits we can reap from consistently eating breakfast are plentiful. I've outlined just a small handful here, and at the end, I've also included three of my favorite, easy breakfast ideas for those inevitable mornings when we can't seem to make time for a complicated breakfast!


Here are just 5 simple reasons why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day:

1. Breakfast helps boost your metabolism.

After a long night of sleeping, your body is low on nutrients, and therefore energy. Without eating breakfast, your tank will be running on empty, which is going to make you feel super tired and sluggish, and that is definitely not the way you want to start your day!

By breaking your night-long fast and starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, you'll be boosting your metabolism first thing in the morning, helping you more efficiently burn calories throughout the rest of the day. Keeping your metabolism functioning well is really important not only for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, but also for helping your body process the nutrients you need to feel your best.

2. It helps jumpstart productivity for the day.

Like I said before, skipping breakfast can make your morning feel slow and sluggish, making it really difficult to focus on important tasks at home or at work! Since your brain hasn't received any fuel for the day, it is going to make your everyday tasks seem harder, taking you longer than usual to complete them.

Our bodies convert almost everything we eat into glucose, which provides our brains with the energy they need to stay alert. When we're running low on glucose, we have a really tough time staying focused, and our attention tends to drift away from the tasks at hand. An empty stomach makes it incredibly difficult to focus on much else!

3. Eating breakfast helps balance blood sugar.

When you wake up, your body's blood sugar levels are typically lower than they should be. When your blood sugar levels are too low, your cells become completely starved for energy. At first, you'll probably notice minor symptoms like hunger and headaches. The longer you go without refilling your tank, however, the more likely you are to experience more severe symptoms such as dizziness, anxiety and irritability, shakiness, and/or weakness.

When our blood sugar levels are consistently balanced and healthy, we experience positive symptoms like more energy, a steadier and better mood, improved sleep, decreased cravings, and even weight loss. Prioritizing stable, balanced glucose levels in the long-term will effectively reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health issues.

4. Breakfast has an effect on your mood.

As I said before, having a low blood sugar heavily affects your mood by making you feel tired, anxious, and irritable. Missing breakfast can even cause your brain to produce excess cortisol, making you feel even more stressed and nervous throughout the day. By starting your day on a positive, happy note with a yummy, nutritious breakfast, you'll feel ready to conquer any obstacle that comes your way!

5. It helps to prevent cravings and unnecessary snacking.

By starting your day with a nutritious meal, especially one that is high in protein, you're a lot less likely to find yourself reaching for the unhealthy snacks you might otherwise indulge in. Eating breakfast also helps you develop better eating habits all around. By making smart, healthy choices in the morning, you're setting yourself up to make better food choices throughout the entire day.


"Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life." -- A. A. Gill


As promised, below are three of my favorite, super easy breakfast ideas. Perfect for those mornings when we're running late and need to re-fuel the tank before heading out the door!

1. Overnight oats

These are one of my favorite go-tos! Packed with fiber and protein, this is the perfect meal to keep you feeling full until it's time for lunch. The best part about it? You can literally add anything you want, or anything you have on hand. My basic recipe is 1/2 cup dry oats + 3/4 cup milk (whatever kind you prefer). After that, I like to add in fruits like bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. I also like to add different nuts, cinnamon, and other sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Put everything in a mason jar or airtight container, shake, and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, pull it out of the fridge and it is ready to enjoy. Too easy!

2. Cottage cheese & fruit

This one is almost really too easy, but definitely worth mentioning! Not sure if you are, but I've always been one of those weirdos that love cottage cheese. Pair it with some sweet fruit like strawberries or pineapple, and you have a super nutrient dense little meal. I prefer the Good Culture Organic brand cottage cheese best because they have super clean, simple ingredients.

3. Eggs and whatever veggie scramble

I've always got some random vegetables on hand, so sometimes I'll just take what I can find in the fridge, saute it with a bit of olive oil or butter, then once the vegetables get a little soft, I'll top it with a few eggs and scramble it all together until it is all cooked through. My favorite veggies to use for this are onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach, but use your imagination (or whatever is about to go bad in your fridge)! You could also add in some of your favorite cheese for more flavor.


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