We know eating breakfast is vital to starting the day off right and the key role it plays in weight loss, yet we rarely take the time to eat it. There are countless reasons we skip the most important meal of the day, but no matter how good the excuse is, our bodies are ultimately suffering the consequences. It’s time to take control of the morning and get into a healthy routine!

Why is breakfast so important?

Our bodies need fuel to function and we get that fuel from food. When we wake up, our bodies are in need of a jump start to get everything properly working and ready for the day ahead. Without breakfast, there is no fuel for the body to feed off of so our thoughts might seem foggy and it may take a while for our brains to start fully functioning.

If that isn’t enough reason to eat breakfast, how about the fact that your body cannot produce the enzymes necessary to metabolize fat and lose weight? After dinner and a long nights sleep, your body will essentially have been fasting for 10-15 hours. Skip breakfast, and that can add another 5 hours! The effects of fasting can cause digestive issues and can even lead to a slower metabolism.

Eating a healthy breakfast also reduces the chances of binge eating later in the day when you realize how hungry you are. A well-balanced breakfast carries you through the morning and into the afternoon, ready for an equally healthy lunch.

Not a morning eater?

The thought of eating right when you wake up can be repulsive to some people. It takes time to train your body to this new routine, especially if you have gone years without eating breakfast. Start small and focus on getting into the habit of eating, not mastering your culinary skills. In the beginning you might not be able to finish an entire breakfast every morning, but eventually your body will adjust.

Don’t know what to eat in the morning?

Eating breakfast doesn’t have to be a hassle involving pots and pans, nor does it have to be a plastic wrapped, sugar coated treat. There are plenty of healthy breakfast options for all types of schedules and cravings.

On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Chocolate milk Cup of Greek yogurt

Simple Breakfast Ideas

  • Fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Peanut butter toast
  • Yogurt and fruit cups
  • Bran cereal

Well-Rounded Breakfast Ideas

  • Fresh juice, oatmeal, and a piece of fruit
  • Egg whites and lean turkey bacon
  • Smoothie bowl with nuts and granola
  • Egg white and veggie sandwich

The above are just a few suggestions, there really are many different foods and ways to eat. Plan the night before what to eat for breakfast and prepare as much as you can so that it makes having breakfast a simple step in your morning routine.

Micah Larsen

Micah is a traveling swim coach and personal trainer, depending on the season. She is also currently working on her Master of Science in Athletic Administration and Coaching. Micah loves to live an active lifestyle, whether she is competing in open water swims, running a road race, practicing yoga, or biking with her dogs. The main objective in her career is to... Read More

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