Depending on whom you ask or what you read, you might wonder whether breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. You’re not alone. Here are two headlines that I read in less than one week:
“Skipping Breakfast May Be Healthy Way to Lose Weight”
“Skipping Breakfast May Increase Heart Attack Risk”
Before you run out the door tomorrow morning with an empty stomach, please note that this study did not explore potential consequences associated with skipping breakfast, such as fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate, weakness, or headaches. Nor did it consider what sort of food choices people made throughout the rest of the day. People who skip breakfast tend to crave foods high in sugar and fat.
Plus, one might be more likely to eat future meals too quickly, which can lead to all kinds of gastrointestinal issues, such as bloating, cramping, belching, and more.
The second article highlighted a study reported in the journal Circulation that found that skipping breakfast was associated with a higher risk of heart attack and death from coronary heart disease.
That may or may not be true, but either way it’s more often than not a good idea to start your day with a well-balanced breakfast full of nutritious foods.
Here are a few ideas for quick well-balanced breakfasts to keep you energized and focused throughout the day while promoting lasting health benefits: