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Whether you’re a self-proclaimed health nut or are trying to incorporate healthier choices into your routine, you’ve probably heard by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But do you know why? And does the type of breakfast you eat really make that big of a difference?
Breaking the Fast:
Eating breakfast is actually the most effective way of waking your body up (sorry, coffee) because it shoots signals to your brain that tell your body it needs to start working and digesting your food. Giving your body nutrients early in the morning also revs up your metabolism so that you can keep burning calories all day long. And when you fuel your body in the morning, your blood sugar level stays regulated so you’re less likely to feel ravenous and overeat at lunchtime.
The Best Breakfast = The Best You:
A bagel or donut lover might try to argue that any kind of morning meal will wake your system up, but nutrition is a hugely important aspect of breakfast. A breakfast that’s high in calories, sugars, and fat won’t give your body the energy it needs to make it through the morning without a massive sugar crash.
Think of a nutritious breakfast like a puzzle – it should contain protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and a little bit of fat. When combined effectively, these components can start your day off on a healthy and delicious note, as seen in the five sample options included below.
Don’t have time to enjoy a sit-down meal before heading out the door? Smoothies provide a quick and easy alternative to a plated breakfast with just as much taste and health benefits. Need some inspiration? Try our range of smoothie recipes, including this Decadent Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Smoothie. These delicious morning treats are also full of protein that will give you tons of energy.