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Why You Shouldn’t Pass on Breakfast

You can build the foundation for a winning day by simply starting the day with breakfast. I know you’ve heard it before, but it’s true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you are grabbing your house keys and heading out in the mornings without eating trying to save time, or calories you are squandering the savings. By skipping breakfast, the fuel that your body and brain need to get started and help you focus on high performance–or simply focus is missing. The effort to save calories by skipping a meal cancels out because by midday you’re pretty hungry and are more likely to eat more, and consume more calories than you would have if you had started the day with breakfast.


When you wake up in the morning your body has been fasting—going without food during the hours while you were sleeping. Breakfast “breaks the fast;” it provides the body and the brain with the energy needed to function. If you start the day without the needed energy the results are like trying to drive your car without gas—think of your body as your vehicle. Studies show that when adults and children eat breakfast it is easier for them to concentrate, they are more productive, and have better problem-solving skills. In short, skipping breakfast may result in poorer performance.


Breakfast also aids in eating adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals recommended for a healthy lifestyle. If you eat breakfast you are more likely to control your weight and eat less fat and cholesterol. Key ingredients for a healthy breakfast include:



Protein such as peanut butter, almond butter, Canadian bacon, mozzarella cheese sticks, turkey bacon and sausage, egg whites, hard-cooked eggs or vegetarian protein items.


Dairy Foods i.e., milk (raw if you can get it), Greek-style yogurt, cottage and natural cheeses.


Fruits and vegetables including fresh or frozen items, fruit or vegetable smoothies. Choose organic where you can especially blueberries and strawberries. Most 100 percent juice beverages without added sugar contain some form of artificial sweetener, avoid these unnecessary chemicals.


Whole grains such as Cut Oats, Oatmeal, Quinoa, Brown Rice are good choices. Other common breakfast foods such as rolls, bagels, cereals, bran muffins, and English muffins should be limited or even eliminated. Think outside the cereal box and pastry counter when planning breakfast.


If you’ve been a ‘breakfast skipper,” try these tactics to help ease this important meal into your day.


Here are some tips for making breakfast a little easier to get on the table (or in your hand on the way out the door).


1. Pre-pack to-go bags the day before a crazy morning. Include a zip-top plastic bag of granola; add a hard-cooked egg, (a high quality) yogurt, and a handful of grapes or nuts just before you leave.


2. Have a smoothie. Just make sure to add some protein, like yogurt, whey protein, egg powder, or tofu, to keep you satisfied longer.


3. Make quick and healthy breakfast sandwiches with frozen waffles (toasted), peanut butter and sliced banana.


4. Set foods aside the night before; cut up fruits, make a quiche, prepare mixtures for baked or scrambled eggs.


5. Consider steel-cut oats for a super-healthy and convenient meal. Combine the oats and water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let set overnight. The next morning, you just have to reheat them.


6. Don’t think of berries as an extravagance. They’re outrageously good for you.


7. Prepare hard-cooked eggs in advance. Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be stored in the refrigerator 2 to 3 days.


8. Always keep a bowl of fresh seasonal fruits available for the easiest grab-and-go.


Adding breakfast to the day is easy; just make a few adjustments to your schedule, plan ahead, and grab-and-go with one of these simple breakfast choices.


North Adams Chiropractor | Why You Shouldn’t Pass on Breakfast. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.