Do you "Break-the-Fast" or "Skip it"??
Lately there has been lots of talk around the gym about breakfast and why it is so important, yet SO hard to get in with our busy schedules.
We have all heard for years and years that getting breakfast is important for our health but WHY?
Did you know that eating breakfast will send signals to your brain throughout the day that will keep you from eating more calories at night?
Even though eating breakfast can add up to 600 calories a day, it can reduce the calories you may be used to eating late at night, and breakfast eaters also are less likely to have a high body mass index (BMI).
Eating breakfast for children is even more important, as it correlates to improved brain function.
Lastly, one of the most surprising facts about eating breakfast is that it can reduce stress.
Now, you might be wondering about what should be in your breakfast meal to give you all these great benefits.
Most importantly it is PROTEIN such as eggs, meat, or even a simple protein shake.
Grains, fruit, and veggies along, with milk or a 100% fruit juice fortified with calcium, also have a very important place in the first meal of the day.
If you can only get one of these, prioritize protein, as it will make you feel fuller longer into the day than the other food groups.
We asked some #NSSfamily members who struggle with eating breakfast, and the most common response for not getting breakfast in was that they were too busy in the morning.
We also asked our #NSSfamily members who got in breakfast 7 days a week how they do it, and we got some pretty great tips and tricks that we can share with you!
The most common response was making it S I M P L E.
Sometimes that was eating the same thing for most days, usually something fast and easy such as eggs and toast. We heard a lot of answers that included a protein shake or variations with fruits and veggies added.
Others suggested using leftovers in their breakfast meals, or even preparing breakfast the night before, or for the whole week at once. For instance, overnight oats, or something you just need to heat up to be ready.
We didn’t want to leave you empty-handed after giving you all this mouthwatering information, so we asked for some recipes from some of the suggestions, and we have these two recipes for you to try out. They are fast, simple, easy to prepare and most importantly...delicious.
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup milk or liquid of choice
1 scoop protein power
1 cup regular or Greek yogurt
¼ cup ice
*Add any fruit or veggies for different flavors. Dump all in blender and blend.
Grab N' Go Omelettes
½ cup meat of your choice
¼ cup onions, sweet peppers, mushrooms or veggies of your choice
2 tbsp cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease every other cup of muffin tin for even baking.
Mix all ingredients in bowl.
Ladle into muffin tin.
Bake for 15-20 mins or until eggs have puffed up and are slightly brown.
We know it can be hard to find the time for breakfast but maybe, just maybe, it might be exactly what you need to jump start a path toward your goals!