Beat hunger, low energy and cravings
Most people would agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast gives the energy needed to get through the morning. It helps ward off hunger in between meals. And it helps curb those voracious cravings toward the end of the day.
Maybe you’ve skipped this all-important meal a time or two and can attest to the voice of hunger that taps on your belly when it says, “feed me.”
Your first reaction is probably to get a hold of your preferred source of caffeine for an instant jolt of energy and then scavenge for the closest thing resembling food.
Reaching for the first thing you find may seem like a great idea at the time. But after an hour or so, feelings of low energy and hunger strike again — and you need to recharge, again.
When you skip breakfast, the low energy-hunger-cravings cycle repeats itself all day long. More than likely, your poor breakfast choice has you craving unhealthy fatty, sugary foods.
The result of this breakfast cycle? Eating more calories than needed and storing the extra calories as fat.
By eating breakfast, you are offering your body a number of benefits, including improved
- problem solving skills,
- hand-eye coordination,
- creativity and
- weight control.
Choosing the right food to eat is just as important as eating breakfast when it comes to balancing hunger, energy and cravings.
Sugary cereals, fluffy pancakes, chewy breakfast bars and gooey pastries are the last things you want to put on your plate. These foods lack the nutrients a body needs for a well-balanced diet. Consuming these result in cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods later in the day.
You might be thinking that eliminating these foods doesn’t leave many options. But really, there are many quick and easy options out there that help fill the void.
It’s best to reach for whole grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy and fruit and vegetables.
Goodbye breakfast blues
You might have plenty of reasons why you head out the door without a morning meal. Often the excuses are, “I’m not hungry,” “I don’t have time,” or “I don’t like breakfast food.”
These may be acceptable reasons in your mind why you skip breakfast. But what if you’d like to make a change? There are solutions to all of these ideas. It just takes a little initiative.
Not that hungry?
Eat less before bed. Try to stop eating three hours before your head hits the pillow. By doing this, you are giving your body a chance to digest and cleanse the food you’ve eaten all day. When you wake up, you’ll be ready for a healthy morning meal.
Short on time?
Get your breakfast ready the night before. Know what you’re going to eat and set it aside so it’s ready to cook. Or cook it the night before (See Apostrophe’s “In The Kitchen” recipe, muffin pan eggs.). Then set your alarm clock to get up 15 minutes early.
Breakfast food unappetizing?
Eat the food you like, even if it’s something you’d eat for lunch or dinner. The chicken and salad you typically eat for lunch or left over dinner from the night before are just as filling as the food you’d typically eat for breakfast.
Quick & easy breakfast ideas
- Scrambled eggs, fruit and toast
- Vegetable omelet with cheese
- Oatmeal, blueberries and almonds
- Fresh berries, yogurt and granola
- Protein shake with low-fat milk, strawberries and peanut butter
- Muffin pan eggs