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What did you eat for breakfast today?
by Bryce Hansen
Eggs? Yum. Sizzling bacon? Yes, please. Crispy french toast on artisan bread? Delicious. What's not to like about breakfast? Nothing beats these comfort food favorites, but a lot of people still don't eat in the morning. Whether you already have kids or are going through pregnancy, here are some reasons why you should chomp before you romp.
It's good for you
This may be stating the obvious, but there's really no better way to say it. Breakfast is an excellent way to start your day. After sleeping all night long, you need to wake your body up and refuel it with nutrients so that your energy can be sustained throughout the day. Individuals, young or old, who skip this important meal are more likely to become tired and crash during the day, as compared to those who scramble an egg or two before work, according to the Nemours Foundation.
Consider this - you just slept for eight hours straight, during which time you've had nothing to eat. Could you go unfed for this long when you're awake and active? Most people don't. So, when you wake up after a full night's rest, your body is hungry, even if you can't quite tell.
It's good for your kids
Now that it's September, you may get your children ready for school during the week. For young kids, going to school and paying attention to teachers all day long can be a challenge for their attention span. By providing them with a nutritious breakfast, they can have better brain power to learn, concentrate and remember what they're taught.
When you're making a breakfast fit for a king or queen, consider food items that contain fiber, calcium, whole grains and protein. All of these things can help maintain weight, lower cholesterol levels and keep the immune system strong, the Nemours Foundation reports.
Need some ideas?
Breakfast options are endless, but every person is unique and likes different foods. One choice that will definitely please your kids is oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes. With this egg and dairy-free recipe provided by Allrecipes, all you need are oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, a little salt, some flax seeds, chocolate chips or vegan carob chips and soy milk. If you're more of an egg family, try making a southwestern omelet by combining eggs, cheese, beans and salsa, courtesy of My Recipes. If your son or daughter is adamant about cereals, pick a brand that is made of whole or multi-grains instead of something with empty calories and covered in sugar. Finally, fresh local fruit is a great complement to any breakfast option and can provide some extra nutrients to jump
start the day.
Are you a breakfast advocate? What do you like to make? Do you have any healthy recipes you can share with our readers? Leave your answers in the comments section!