We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? If we simplify the word, “break” “fast” we can see that it is just that: breaking the fast since your last meal. During the day we usually eat every 3-5 hours so when we hit the sheets at night and depending on your routine, sleep for 7 to 10 to 12 hours, you are throwing your body into a fasting state. This makes breakfast one of the most important meals because your body needs that fuel to get through the day.
Skipping breakfast is bad….really bad!
When you wake up, get ready for you day and run out the door without eating anything, not only are you depriving your body of the fuel and nutrients it needs to function properly, but you are increasing the chances that you are going to eat more later in the day. Your body and brain are still hard at work when you are sleeping. We also know that sleep is essential for muscle recovery, so upon waking up in the morning, your body is completely depleted of glucose (the main fuel for the brain).
Not only are you increasing the risk of improper function that day, but skipping breakfast may also cause an increase in fat gain. This happens due to dropped blood sugar from lack of food, then an immediate spike in insulin when you do eventually eat, storing more fat as a result.
Breakfast options for everyone
My go to breakfast consists of 1 egg, 3 whites, ½ of an avocado, and ½ cup of old-fashioned oats with cinnamon. I definitely feel my best when I consume this filling breakfast as it consists of carbohydrates (brain fuel), protein, and some healthy fats. I believe that balance is key throughout the day and personally this combo makes for an energetic Fit Girl!
Here are some other options you can combine for a world-class breakfast:
~Greek Yogurt (I like Chobani 0%, or Light and Fit by Dannon)
~Eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, you name it!)
~ Berry Smoothie (made with protein powder, berries, almond milk, oats)
~ Breakfast cookies (see below!)
The Ultimate On-the-Go Breakfast Cookie
This “clean” cookie will be sure to get your day started the right way. Simple to make and absolutely delicious!
Preheat oven to 350
~1 C Oats
~1/4C Raisins (substitute blueberries,dark chocolate chips)
~1/3C Natural Peanut Butter
Mash the bananas and mix thoroughly with the oats. Once blended, mix in the peanut butter and add in the raisins to finish. Using a tablespoon, plop the sticky mixture onto baking sheets and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until bottom is brown. They will be more of a chewy consistency!
This recipe makes about 15-20 cookes depending how large you make them. Store them in the fridge and your breakfast treat is now ready for the week! Fuel those bodies the right way and kick start your day with a filling, delicious meal.