March 16, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Always Start Your Day with Breakfast

Your mother was right on this one! Breakfast really is the best way to start your day.

Fred and Ricky understand how busy life gets. It can be easy to skip breakfast when you’re running out the door in a rush. Few people disagree that  eating breakfast is great for your health but many people believe that skipping breakfast may help them lose weight or they think that it doesn’t matter if they eat a bigger lunch to make up for missing breakfast. But the truth is, skipping breakfast can have some negative consequences, such as increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease, low energy levels and weight gain.

Tons of Americans shrug off breakfast, starting their day with just a cup of coffee. However, research proves that having breakfast not only plays essential role in how you feel throughout the day but also in helping you reach your health goals. Don’t miss out on the following health benefits of eating a healthy, well-balanced breakfast every day.

Healthy weight.

It’s important to eat breakfast for a healthy metabolism. That being said, the food you choose matters. If you eat a balanced breakfast containing whole grain carbohydrates, fruits and/or vegetables, and protein, you will gain the benefits everyone is talking about. Your body uses energy for everything, including eating. When you eat a whole-food, plant-based breakfast, you stimulate your metabolism as well as curb your appetite. Also, people tend to eat more throughout the day when they skip breakfast.

Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Eating a meal in the morning that contains healthy sources of protein, naturally low in fat and contains carbohydrates rich in fiber, helps keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. This is because your body digests these nutrients more slowly, keeping you full longer. There has also been a study by the Harvard School of Public Health that found people who said they skipped breakfast regularly were more susceptible to heart attacks or heart disease*. Ultimately, maintaining your blood sugar and insulin can help reduce levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides*. Steel-cut oats topped with fruit is a heart healthy breakfast that will fill you up while stabilizing your blood sugar because it contains whole grains, fruit and protein.

Improved mood.

Since we sleep around 8 hours a night, our blood sugar tends to be low when we wake up*. This causes a lot of us to be irritable in the morning. However, eating a balanced breakfast not only stabilizes blood sugar but also provides healthy nutrients needed to boost your mood. Additionally, breakfast helps keep you full throughout the day, helping you avoid hunger, a leading cause of loss of focus and anxiety. Foods high in whole grain carbs can drastically improve your mood and concentration because they eliminate competition for tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid*. Tryptophan increases serotonin, a mood regulator, in the brain.  So eating whole grains, fruits and veggies will contribute to a good mood!

Increased energy throughout the day.

Your breakfast actually provides a significant proportion of the day’s total nutrient intake, if the breakfast yea eat is balanced. A balanced breakfast of whole grains, fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and nutrients that provide your body with energy that lasts throughout the day. This additional energy means more fuel to get to the gym or to be more productive.

After sleeping all night, your body has basically fasted for about 8 hours. Eating breakfast helps restore glycogen, a form of energy storage in the body, and stabilizes levels of insulin. Skipping breakfast will leave you feeling overly hungry and fatigued.

If you find that you habitually skip breakfast because you don’t have time to make it in the morning, Fred and Ricky’s is here for you. Fred and Ricky’s healthy and delicious plant-based foods are available ready to heat, at our two retail locations as well as a variety of other retail partners. Stock up with Fred and Ricky’s whole-food, plant-based breakfast options, like our Whole Wheat Pancakes, Power Scramble and Steel-Cut Oats. And; even if we have not convinced you and breakfast is still not your thing; we’ve got healthy and delicious meals to cover your entire day through dinner and even snacks.

If you have any questions please contact us.

*Sources:

http://newsroom.heart.org/news/skipping-breakfast-may-increase-coronary-heart-disease-risk

https://www.saltercollege.com/5-reasons-to-eat-a-nutritious-breakfast/#.WL8pS_nythE

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-food-affects-your-moods#1



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