Mornings can be busy. Do you eat breakfast? Do you make time for breakfast? Do you squeeze something in to fuel you through?
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day because you literally are breaking your fast.
Going a prolonged periods of time without eating switches your body into calorie storage mode, a biological hold-over from a time when food was not as plentiful and readily available as it is today. This means that your body puts more effort into storing calories because it wants to ensure that you survive the next food-scarce period.
When managing your weight, making time for breakfast is essential.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight, make sure to eat within 30-60 minutes of waking up.
Plan ahead and consider your options.
The best breakfast is one that is planned. We are able to make better decisions when we are not pressed for time, and having something prepared helps to keep from making impulsive, gut breaking decisions.
Plan appropriately for your schedule.
If your morning is busy, don’t plan labor/time intensive dishes. If you want something prepared that takes more time or energy than you have in the mornings, look for options that can be prepared in advance (like a batch of stove-top cooked steel cut oatmeal).
The goal is to make better breakfast decisions long-term.
Don’t set yourself up for failure. Creating elaborate meals in a rush most likely will lead to abandoning planning breakfasts and put set you up for making impulsive, potentially gut breaking breakfast decisions.
Isn’t eating a donut better than not having anything at all?
Technically, yes, but is it a good decision? A donut is made up of multiple types of sugar, cooked in fat, has a negligible amount of fiber, is high on the glycemic index, and is calorie dense. One glazed yeast donut contains over 200 calories.
If your mornings are busy, avoid eating calorie dense, nutritionally poor items that might make you feel hungry soon after eating them.
My mornings are busy.
I look for options that have little to no prep and can be eaten on the go. A bowl of cereal is too messy for me most mornings!
An option I regularly consider are meal bars.
Not all meal bars are created equally.
Look at the Nutrition Label and ingredients. Avoid hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Look for a good amount of protein and dietary fiber, and a moderate amount of calories.
The perks of Nutrilite Meal Bars*
Each bar contains:
- 200 calories
- Is a good source of 22 vitamins and minerals
- 11-13 grams of protein
- 4-8 grams of dietary fiber
- No high-fructose corn syrup
- No hydrogenated oils
- No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
*Available in the US only
A better breakfast means a better start to your day.
Breakfast is about fueling your success, about starting your day with energy and drive, about propelling you into your day. Weigh your options, and make your first meal of the day an optimal one.