Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the most important ingredients of living a healthy life. Unfortunately, however, many people hardly eat anything in the morning. I admit I was that way too occasionally when I was still in school. It mostly happened when I was cramming for an exam the night before; I would then want to get an extra hour of sleep instead of eating breakfast.
I know a few people who started forming the unhealthy habit in school which later got carried into their adult lives. They are so used to not eating in the morning that they don’t even feel hungry until lunch time. So they tend to eat a big lunch and again a big dinner in the evening. This is a way for your body to make up for not getting a healthy breakfast when you rise. You may not feel any negative effects from it until you get older and your metabolism slows down; you then start to gain weight and have a lot of health issues associated with it like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, etc.
Fortunately for me, I have always been interested in healthy living and hence, read plenty of books and articles about it. So I learned the importance of eating a healthy breakfast early on, and didn’t allow myself to fall into the bad habit of not eating in the morning.
By eating a healthy meal to begin your day, your body kicks on the metabolism which helps burn calories more efficiently. This way you also get a small boost of energy which improves your performance. You can see why eating a healthy breakfast is even more important if you’re trying to loose weight.
Remember though, that eating healthy to start your day doesn’t mean just eating anything. Donuts, sugary pastries, bacon, sausages, and even bagels especially with cream cheese are out. Your body doesn’t need all the calories contained in those foods. Cereal is generally good but you still need to read the labels since some cereals contain high sugar.
So what are healthy breakfast foods? Before I start my day I usually eat a bowl of cereal with low fat milk, some fresh fruit, and a glass of fruit juice. You can choose different types of cereals and fruit throughout the week so that you don’t get bored eating the same stuff every day. You may also want to add low sugar oat meal and dry toast (especially whole wheat) to your healthy breakfast menu. If you’re in a hurry, consider having a protein drink instead of skipping breakfast. Those are just a few ideas. You can add your own or improvise a little to spice things up, which I often do, as long as the food is not high in calorie.
My little daughter loves eating a healthy meal every morning and she doesn’t snack on the sweet stuff many other kids do throughout the day. It’s good to start kids eating a healthy breakfast everyday so that they form the habit at a young age and will most likely keep it for life.