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!
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