Nutrition Notes: The Benefits of Breakfast

by Jenna Olson, RD and Nutrition & Wellness Educator

font-size

Breakfast has long been noted as the most important meal of the day. After hours of sleep, breakfast literally means to break the fasting period from the prior night by kick starting our metabolism in the morning. This meal provides crucial fuel for our brain and body, and helps improve mental alertness and physical performance.

Breakfast gives you the chance to start each day with a healthy and nutritious meal that incorporates the five food groups. Creating a breakfast that incorporates protein and fiber can help keep you full for a longer period of time.

According to the Mayo Clinic, adults and children who report regularly eating a healthy breakfast are more likely to:

• Control and maintain a healthy weight
• Eat less fat and cholesterol
• Have better concentration and be more alert
• Miss fewer days of school and work
• Meet their daily nutrient requirements

Does it seem that time is never on your side in the morning? Finding a few extra minutes to make a quick nutritious breakfast can save you in the long run. By providing the body and brain with the morning recharge, you’ll be more efficient in almost everything you do throughout the day. If breakfast is a new concept to the typical morning routine, try a few quick and easy meal ideas such as fruit and yogurt parfaits, smoothies or oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts. Here are a few ideas to help brainstorm new additions to your average morning routine:

- 10 Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Healthy, Quick and Portable Breakfast Ideas