By: Courtney Warday, BS, Dietetic Intern
The Purpose of Breakfast
Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast,” the fast between dinner and lunch. If you don’t eat breakfast, your body goes into a prolonged fasting state. Your body thinks you won’t be eating anytime soon, so when you eat lunch your body stores the food as fat. Your body reacts this way because it is not sure when the next meal is going to come. This will eventually lead to weight gain. If you eat breakfast, however, your body will use the food as energy to fuel your day.
Benefits of Breakfast
There are many reasons why breakfast is sometimes called the most important meal of the day. First of all, research shows that students perform better when they eat breakfast. Breakfast leads to better brain function, concentration, attention span, and memory. Those who eat breakfast are also better problem solvers, more productive at work, and are able to focus more easily. Having breakfast also prevents irritability and tiredness.
Breakfast eaters also tend to eat more fruits and vegetables and have an overall healthier diet. Typically, those who skip breakfast snack more frequently and eat more sugary, high-fat snacks. They are also more likely to overeat throughout the rest of the day. This research indicates that skipping breakfast is not a good way to lose weight. To be a healthier “you,” make sure you start each day off right with breakfast.
Keys to a Healthy Breakfast
- Get as many food groups as possible
- High protein and fiber will keep you full until lunch
- Banana Walnut Oatmeal and Milk
- Wheat Tortilla with Eggs, Cheese, and Salsa
- Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter and Banana
- Vegetable Omelet with Mozzarella Cheese
- Plain Greek Yogurt, Oats, and Berries
- Scrambled Eggs, Fruit, and Turkey Sausage
For more information contact: Pam Edwards, University Dining Services, [email protected], 402-472-9045.