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Issue: June 2011

 

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The Most Important Meal of the Day
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The Most Important Meal of the Day

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

samantha ristimakiFirst thing in the morning, many people feel they are too rushed to eat or they skip breakfast in order to help weight loss. The truth of the matter is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.   

Increases mental performance

Your brain needs glucose to function. If you do not eat in the morning, the brain cannot function optimally. Studies have shown children who eat breakfast perform mathematics better and experience less hyperactivity than the kids who skip breakfast entirely.   

Reduces fatigue

Breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to function. That mid morning slump you might experience can be overcome by starting the day off with a balanced breakfast containing a combination of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.  

Boosts your metabolism

The word breakfast is appropriately named as you are in fact “breaking a fast” your body experienced while sleeping, and you’re firing up your metabolism for a new day. Think of your metabolism as a fire, adding a log to that fire when you wake up in the morning is going to make your fire burn higher. And if you don’t fuel yourself in the morning, your body is likely to crave more food later.

Make the time for a healthy breakfast 

Oatmeal 
Good old fashioned oatmeal is full of nutrients and will stabilize your appetite for the morning. You can add cinnamon, nuts, seeds, berries and milk to help satisfy your palate.

Smoothie
If the idea of eating in the morning turns you off, try a smoothie. Antioxidant-rich berries and fruit can be blended with milk, yogurt, juice or protein powder to help make a satisfying breakfast that can be had on the go.

Scrambled or poached egg on whole grain toast
Eggs are a great source of protein. Combining eggs with toast will allow you to have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.

Whole grain english muffin & nut butter
Another easy option in the morning, peanut butter is loaded with sugar so try adding almond or hazelnut butter instead as a source of protein and fat.

Yogurt and fruit
Add your own fruit to plain yogurt instead of choosing the pre-packaged variety.  You’ll avoid excess sugar or artificial sweetners. 

 

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