Is Skipping Breakfast Affecting Your Health?

We’re often told how ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day,’ but with early starts and busy schedules sometimes squeezing it in can be a struggle. Perhaps you’re just not a morning person, and eating in the morning makes you feel queasy. However, whatever the reason is why you’re not currently eating breakfast every day, it’s time to find some solutions. Breakfast energizes you and gets your metabolism going, can provide some essential nutrients and can stop you overeating later in the day too. This is why numerous research studies have found that those who eat breakfast every day tend to be slimmer than those who don’t. Here are some of the ways you can ensure you’re getting a good breakfast in the mornings.

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
If your biggest breakfast downfall is having no time to eat it, a few minutes prep. There are lots of breakfasts that can be made ahead of time so you could even spend a little time each Sunday getting organized and you have a tasty breakfast all week. Overnight oats work well, do them in a mason jar, and they will last a few days in the fridge. Throw on a squeeze of honey and a few berries in the morning, and you have a satisfying bowl of porridge without messing around over a hot pan. For something savory how about omelet ‘bites’ with healthy fillings? Whisk up some eggs and pour into a muffin tray. Add some chopped spinach, tomato or fried onion/ mushroom and bake in the oven. In a Tupperware box in the fridge, they will last up to five days, plus they’re so easy to grab and go in the morning. Eggs are full of necessary vitamins and will keep you feeling full right up until lunch.

Go Out For Breakfast
Make going out for breakfast a fun weekend tradition with friends or family. If you’ve eaten healthy all week, you could reward yourself with something delicious at the weekend- there are tons of options on the ihop menu to drool over from pancakes to sausages. Following an 80/20 plan where you eat healthily for eighty percent of the time and have a little of what you fancy the other twenty percent can help you to maintain your weight (providing you don’t go completely overboard of course) and stops you from binging and feeling deprived. Otherwise when you go out for breakfast just choose the healthy option. Most restaurants, cafes or buffets will have fresh fruit choices, yogurt, whole grain cereal or scrambled eggs on toast are also good choices. On the weekends it’s easy to sleep in late and then wait around until lunchtime, but make breakfast a fun tradition, and you’re more likely to stick with it.

Find Foods That Work For You
If you can’t stomach the idea of regular food in the morning, a smoothie is an ideal option. At the weekend chop up your fruit and portion it out into freezer bags. That way in the morning all you have to do is dump a bag into the blender with some almond milk or juice, and you have a smoothie in seconds. You could also press your own fresh juices, while they won’t have the fiber of a smoothie you will at least get some vitamins and minerals into your body.

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