So being the humble dietitian I am, I forgot to give props for National Registered Dietitian Day yesterday. This roughly translates into..I totally forgot. Luckily I have great friends that remind me with their love.
I made sure to celebrate with lots of fruits and veggies since that is all we Dietitians eat. Oh, and quinoa. Riiggghht. Instead we do lots of strange but good things like eat spinach and peanut butter sandwiches and add chickpeas to our oatmeal. Because that’s normal.
And since my fridge is dwindling down to a bag of spinach and half a wilted pepper, breakfast for dinner is what was on the menu. When out of food, breakfast meals win.
And speaking of breakfast, you know us RD’s are always saying it’s the most important meal of the day. And let me just say it like this, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! There are so many benefits to getting a good meal first thing in morning and I’m here to tell you why.
Metabolism. That fancy word we health nuts like to throw around like chia seeds. Metabolism is what keeps our bodies soaring throughout the day and burn calories. You may have heard that green tea, hot sauce, and other foods boost metabolism, but want to know what is the key to a good metabolism? Eating.
No you didn’t read wrong, eating is the key to burning calories! You’re body needs to know it will be getting food on a regular basis, and by letting yourself get too hungry your body thinks it is starving and slows your calorie burn. After 8 hours or so without food when you sleep, it is important to “break your fast” and get some fuel in your body. Eating something as simple as a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter can help boost metabolism if you can’t stomach much first thing in the morning.
Make Healthier Choices.
Not only does eating breakfast help your metabolism, but it can also help you make better food choices throughout the day. Starting with a well balanced meal of carbs, protein, and fat (such as 2 eggs and toast) can help motivate you to make healthier choices when it comes to meals and snacks. By keeping hunger in check, you’ll be less likely to grab something quick and otherwise unhealthy like a bag of chips or candy that you would if you were ravenous.
Now if you don’t usually eat breakfast, you may be thinking you are doing yourself good by saving calories. Think again. Study after study has shown that people who eat breakfast on a regular basis eat fewer calories throughout the day. By fueling your body in the morning, you are less likely to be starving by the time lunch rolls around and eating everything in sight.
Be More Productive.
Have you ever tried to get work done when your stomach is rumbling? I’m pretty sure it is impossible. When I am hungry that is all I can focus on, get tired, irritable, and all things but productive. Eating breakfast can help you stay focused, concentrate, and get more work done in the morning since you are not counting each minute until lunch.
Have a Better Workout.
So you’re eating less, burning calories, and getting it done. What else could I tell you to get you to eat breakfast?! Well it will even make you want to workout and have a better workout overall.
It has been shown that those who eat breakfast regularly also exercise more regularly. If you prefer to workout first thing in the morning, have something simple like a piece of fruit or a slice of toast before to give you more energy for a more effective workout. Afterwards, refuel with a balanced meal like a fruit smoothie and spoonful of peanut butter. I always say, a balanced meal is a spoonful of peanut butter in each hand!
Make it a great day!
Do you eat breakfast regularly?
What’s your favorite “go to” breakfast?