Your mother was right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whatever you eat, or do not eat for that matter will impact your mood, energy level, digestion and appetite for the rest of the day.
Just imagine, you get up in the morning and you go to drive your car to school or to work. But your gas tank is empty, so you can’t go anywhere. Now imagine your body, getting up and skipping breakfast. How well do you think you will make it through your day? I love comparing it this way as cars cannot obviously run on empty and our bodies are truly no different.
Food is our body’s fuel source (and no sorry, it’s not your coffee). Without breakfast, we slow down our body’s metabolism, increase food cravings, promote overeating, and make it harder to focus and concentrate for the rest of the day.
Therefore, you want to be sure to start your day off right with a large glass of water and a nutrient dense breakfast. Choose a metabolism boosting meal that consists of three things: fiber-rich carbohydrates for quick energy, lean protein to promote fullness, and some healthy fats to keep you feeling satisfied.
Avoid eating processed carbohydrates without any protein or good fat for breakfast. For example, avoid sugary cereals or heavily processed baked goods. A nutrient depleted type of breakfast such as these will only spike your blood sugar levels, making it easier for your body to store fat and your energy levels to decline shortly after. As a trainer, I get a lot of people telling me that they don’t have time to eat breakfast. The truth of the matter is that there is ALWAYS time to eat something. You just have to want to make time.
Try this simple, energizing, fat burning smoothie if you are short on time. Simply blend the ingredients together and you are good to go!
1/2 cup blueberries
1 scoop vanilla whey protein isolate or brown rice protein
1 tablespoon coconut oil or coconut manna (my new favourite delicious healthy fat)
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
2-3 ice cubes