You already know about breakfast being the most important event of the morning. But were you aware it can also give a whole new meaning to the term “happy meal?”
Experts say those who skip the first repast after they get up are doing themselves a great disservice, because a good breakfast can put you in a positive mood for the rest of the day.
“If you miss breakfast, you’re likely to be tired, fatigued and have a hard time concentrating,” warns Brianne MacKenzie, a registered dietician with the Cleveland Clinic.
And while many believe skipping breakfast is a proven way to lose weight, that full feeling in the morning can tide you over and put off that peckish craving later in the day.
“When you have some protein at breakfast, like milk, you also have some carbohydrates like whole grain cereal, it helps to keep you feeling full for the rest of the day so you can control your hunger,” MacKenzie outlines.
Other good choices include yogurt, fruit, a hard boiled egg or whole grain toast.
Breakfast can also boost brain power, which is essential for your children before they head to school. “Kids who consume breakfast, they consistently score better on tests than kids who don’t,” the dietician recounts.
And it won’t hurt you at work, either.
So feel free to chow down at sun up. It just may carry you past lunch and dinner.