Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents.
- Energy Boost to Start the Day Everyone should start their day off right by eating as many vitamins and other nutrients as possible. Good options are:
- Eggs: Not only are eggs packed with protein and amino acids, they are also one of the few, significant sources of vitamin D, which is important for absorbing calcium for stronger bones
- Whole grains: Whether you are taking them in the form of bread, cereal or oatmeal, breakfast is one of the best times to enjoy whole grains in your meal. This super-food is a great source of fibre, which is essential for a healthy heart and digestive tract and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes
- Vitamin C: You can hit your daily intake of vitamin C in your very first meal of the day, like Oranges, grapefruits and apples are common fruits on the breakfast table
- Sharper Focus: When you skip out on breakfast, it’s hard not to think about anything except food, especially with a noisy stomach that needs to be fed
- Breakfast Helps Reduce Morning Crankiness
- Metabolism Boost: When you sleep, your, metabolism tends to slow down. The only way to jump-start your metabolism for the day is to start off right with a healthy breakfast. This will allow your body to start burning through calories from the very beginning of the day, rather than in the middle of it after you’ve eaten lunch
- Prevents Starvation: Do yourself a favour and take the time to have breakfast so your body doesn’t think you’re starving and needlessly store calories
- Keeps You From Overeating at lunchtime
- Allows You to Properly Portion Your Meals: You may not feel very hungry when you initially wake up, but eating a healthy, balanced breakfast can help you plan and portion out your meals for the rest of the day
- Helps Lower the “Bad” Cholesterol: Eating breakfast every morning can help lower LDL cholesterol, also known as the “bad” cholesterol. When you skip it, you are creating a chain reaction within your body:
- First, you slow down your metabolism
- Second, fat is stored longer in your body
- Third, you have a higher tendency to overeat at your next meal.
- Fourth, you gain weight and your LDL cholesterol goes up
- Breakfast Can Be Nutritious and Delicious: Include fruits, oats, muesli and milk.
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