Have you ever considered where the word breakfast comes from? I had a 5th-grade teacher, one among the many great teachers I have had the opportunity to experience learning with and she would remind us regularly. “Breakfast is a compound word students'”, she would say. The word breakfast literally means “to break-fast”. When we wake in the morning, we have fasted all night. Because of this fasting period, it is imperative that we fuel our bodies in the morning. Over the years, I’ve come to understand the importance of that statement/ sentiment.
When we start our day without breakfast we are essentially starting out with no fuel. Some may say, “I don’t like breakfast” or “I don’t have time for breakfast”, however, when we skip this meal we end up irritated, tired and less able to take in information accurately due to stress hormones in our body.
The facts are pretty clear. Research shows that people who eat breakfast are:
- more likely to achieve higher grades and pay closer attention
- more likely participate more in discussions, and manage more complex problems than those that skip breakfast
- less likely to show erratic eating patterns throughout the day
Ideas for healthy breakfast meals include whole grain waffles with peanut butter and fruit. Fresh fruit, a fruit and veggie smoothie, egg white omelet, and even try egg muffins. Egg muffins are a good option. It consists of eggs with whichever add-ons such as onion or mushrooms and baked in muffin tins for 15 minutes. It’s an easy fix that can be premade and refrigerated for “grab and go” each morning.
Start each day with a healthy breakfast. Something to add some fuel to the body to help it run more efficiently and increase brain power.