Breakfast Basics!

September 11, 2014

Your mother was right! Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. We've all heard this before, but has anyone ever told you that what you eat makes a huge difference in the way you feel for the rest of the day?? Hint, the "bee fit" motto: Food determines how we feel and heal! :-) And, yet, according to food industry studies, more than 30 million people in the U.S. skip breakfast on a regular basis!

 

Now, I am not talking about eating a breakfast of sugared Frosted Flakes or a plain bagel with loads of cream cheese. These kinds of breakfasts start your day in a deficit-you're already giving your body too much sugar, so you are bound to crash mid-morning and crave something sweet or caffeinated to perk you up.

 

Instead, a healthy breakfast includes unprocessed protein, fiber, and healthy carbs and fats. Protein IS brain food- just what we need to start our day at school, work, or running a busy household--and it also stabilizes blood sugar levels. Fiber supports healthy digestion and weight loss. Unrefined carbs give us energy- both for our body and brain. And healthy fats help us absorb important vitamins and minerals while giving us a steady, slow releasing source of energy. For breakfast, I like to include Omega-3 fats that help the mind and body, and that is where this month's superfood comes in: Flaxseed! Read more about Flaxseed, this brain-boosting, memory enhancing fiber rich food in Tuesday's post below.

 

Breakfast does not need to be a big production. Even if you have very limited time in the morning, you can always whip up a quick brain-boosting smoothie. In a blender, add some strawberries (1/2 cup), banana slices (1/2 cup), blueberries ( approx. 3/4 cup), 2-3 tablespoons of ground Flaxseed, plain greek yogurt( 1/2 cup) and a tad bit of almond milk (1/4 to 1/2 cup) and blend on high. Place the smoothie in a travel mug, and you're all set to go!

 

If you still need convincing of why it is important to start the day off with a healthy breakfast, here are some great reasons:

 

~ Supports brain function

 

~ Boosts energy levels

 

~ Helps you lose or maintain weight

 

~ Reduces your cravings for sugar and caffeine

 

~ Supports balanced blood sugar levels*

 

REMEMBER, Bee Fitters, food determines how we feel and heal!

 

* Crave Marketing, LLC

 

 

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