Is Better Breakfast the Key to a Better Day?
For some, the first meal of the day is a smoothie, while others enjoy toast. Other options may be miso soup, chilaquiles or—for the particularly daring—blood sausage. When someone first told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, did you just take their word for it? Check out these facts to start your Better Breakfast Month off on the right foot.
Why does breakfast matter?
Even if it’s a grab-and-go apple or a last-second bagel as you head out the door, eating breakfast regulates your blood sugar, thus helping you combat stress, irritableness, brain fog and dips in energy. Breakfast is crucial, especially for older adults, as it ensures nutritional needs are being met, keeps energy levels consistent throughout the day and can prevent the nauseating effects of taking morning meds or vitamins on an empty stomach. Breakfast deniers may also face long-term health risks such as iffy metabolism and heart disease. If you have trouble eating in the early hours, don’t fret—a mid-morning meal can be just as beneficial!
I don’t want better breakfast, I want the BEST. What should I eat?
Get familiar with the tasty morning trinity: protein, fiber and fat. Implementing this trio into your morning meal won’t just keep you fuller longer, it’ll also improve your gut health and aid your digestion throughout the entire day. Examples of this phenomenon: a greek yogurt parfait, an egg and veggie scramble or a breakfast sandwich with greens. Don’t have the time to prepare a meal before you hit the road? Try prepping overnight oats the night before, blend up a quick smoothie or grab a store-bought granola bar with mindful ingredients. Fuel up with what feels right to you and your body.
Is my morning coffee part of a balanced breakfast?
Hold off on the joe for an hour or so—the best beverage to start your day is a cup of water. If plain water doesn’t strike your fancy, add a splash of juice or a few slices of fruit, like lemon or lime. A cup of tea can also hydrate you and offer helpful antioxidants. But here’s the good news: you can still indulge in your beloved coffee, but to avoid jitters and maximize your caffeine boost, drink your latte in the late-to-mid-morning when you’re a little more hydrated and your stomach isn’t empty.
Now that you know the ins and outs of breakfast, you’re ready to seize the day with brand new breakfast ideas and recipes. If all the inspiration is too much for one meal, don’t forget that breakfast for dinner is another option—and it’s just as fulfilling.
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