Nourish

Why is Breakfast So Important?

June 14, 2015
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Burning fat just got easier! According to a study out of University of Northumbria, people who exercise before breakfast burn 20% more fat than those who eat breakfast before working out!

Besides this good news – nutrition expert Sloan Hemmer expands on why it’s important to east breakfast and what to choose — an NO we pastries didn’t make the cut.

The why is easy; breakfast is what kick starts your metabolism in the morning. If you skip it, your brain and your body doesn’t know when its next meal will happen and requires fewer calories to survive. Result?  You are sluggish and so is your metabolism.

Now for the what to choose.

Breakfast should include four things, protein, carbohydrates, healthy fat and fiber AND it should NOT be your smallest meal of the day. Purdue University researcher Wayne Campbell PhD, says that protein blunts your hunger the most so it is a must.

Sloan’s favorites:
Eggs, eggs, eggs!  It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t take long.  Make a scramble with veggies on hand and you have a terrific combination of protein, fat, carbs and fiber.  If you are worried about the cholesterol use 1 whole egg and the rest egg whites. Throw a piece of whole grain toast in with it for your complex carbs.
Pre-packaged oatmeal and add in some almonds, walnuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit or stir in a nut butter; the options are endless.
Smoothies! Aim for half veggies, half fruit and add in protein powder or some other type of protein like peanut butter.

On the go?
Make a peanut butter (almond butter, sun butter) and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread.
Grab a handful of almonds (fat & protein) and an apple (fiber and carbs)
Starbucks has two good options available. Oatmeal with fresh blueberries –skip the brown sugar and my personal favorite, spinach and feta breakfast wrap with egg whites. This wrap has 290 cals,19g of protein (awesome!) and 6g of fiber!

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