One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to eat breakfast. Research suggests that people who are the most successful at losing and maintaining their weight eat breakfast every day. Studies have also found that what you eat at breakfast will influence what you eat the rest of the day. Fueling your body early in the day is one way you can make a huge, positive difference in your health.
Some people complain they just don’t have time to eat breakfast in the morning. As tempting as it is to snuggle those few extra minutes, a better choice for your health is to get up and make time for breakfast.
The benefits of eating breakfast are impressive. Studies have found that eating breakfast can:
- Increase your performance at school or at work
- Help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. A study conducted by the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that people who skip breakfast are 4.5 more times to be obese.
- Help you make better food choices. According to this infographic, people who skip breakfast eat 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soft drinks, 45 percent less vegetables and 30 percent less fruit. Breakfast Infographic
- Increase your happiness. People who skip breakfast are grumpier and irritable. Skipping breakfast leads to fatigue, which affects one’s mood.
- Improve your health in general. Eating breakfast reduces the likelihood of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (Harvard Medical School) People with better cholesterol levels aren’t as sensitive to insulin. High-energy breakfast foods help with short-term memory, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Eating the right foods for breakfast is as important as having breakfast. The best breakfast has three components.
- A whole grain serving such as high-fiber, multigrain cereal, granola, whole wheat toast or bagel or even a bowl of brown rice. For variety try barley, rye, red wheat, oats, buckwheat quinoa or millet.
- One serving of diary or high-calcium food such as low-fat milk, yogurt or cottage cheese.
- One serving of fruit. Berries, bananas, peaches, oranges, raisins or cantaloupes are perennial favorites.
- A high-protein serving (such as eggs or meat) is unnecessary but acceptable, as long as it doesn’t add too many calories or fat to your daily consumption.
The Living Litehouse Blog offers featured breakfast recipes that may entice you to leave that warm bed in enough time to enjoy a delicious early morning meal. Savor these tantalizing ways to give your body the energy it needs with these easy and delicious breakfast recipes! Herbed Egg Cups with Sweet Pepper & Mushrooms Baked fresh eggs infused with Litehouse Instantly Fresh herbs hold sautéed peppers and mushrooms in warm, edible cups. Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese finishes this dish. Quick Caramel Apple Cheesecake Waffles This recipe for Quick Caramel Apple Cheesecake Waffles gets an A+ for fast preparation and seasonal flavor while sneaking in some healthy goodness for your kids. Molded Pancakes and Eggs Make breakfast special and memorable by molding breakfast foods, like pancakes and eggs, into shapes with molds. Litehouse fruit glazes, such as Strawberry Glaze, Sugar-Free Strawberry Glaze and Peach Glaze are delicious and attractive toppings for pancakes, bagels and other breakfast breads. Caramel Pumpkin Pie Smoothies Enjoy this delicious, nutritious recipe for Caramel Pumpkin Pie Smoothies. Perfect for breakfast or a satisfying snack, you’ll fall for the flavor of pumpkin combined with ooey-gooey caramel. Thanksgiving Leftover Frittata Enjoy this delicious breakfast using Thanksgiving leftovers. Make it a holiday tradition or eat it any time of the year! Southwestern Hashbrown Casserole Complete breakfast in one scoop! Hash browns are combined with cheese, peppers, onions, jalapeno, cilantro and egg then baked to golden perfection! A Christmas morning tradition in the Hersey house. Spinach & Artichoke Blue Cheese Baked Eggs Fuel your workouts (and relaxation time) with our hearty yet healthy breakfast recipe for Spinach & Artichoke Blue Cheese Baked Eggs. Litehouse Food’s OPA Blue Cheese Dressing cuts the fat without sacrificing a morsel of flavor. What are your favorite healthy breakfast meals?