What’s the Big Deal About Breakfast?

You wouldn’t try to drive your car without any gas, so, why would you make your body function without its fuel? Many people don’t realize the importance of breakfast; it really is the most important meal of your day!

After sleeping, your body is drained of its fuel sources, because it has fasted all night.In order to “wake” your body up, it must first be refueled. Breakfast gives your body the kick start it needs to function successfully all day long. By breaking up the word breakfast, you can find why it is such a critical meal; you need to break the fast. By not eating this meal, you are making yourself more tired and irritable.

The benefits of breakfast are just too good to pass up! It helps you perform and concentrate better throughout the day; you could boost your grades just by eating breakfast! Experts have also found that you will actually eat less during the day when you start your day this way, helping you to better maintain your weight. In addition, eating breakfast can speed up your metabolism, while skipping it encourages it to slow down. Why not help yourself by eating breakfast regularly?

As busy college students, there may seem like there is no time for breakfast in the morning; however, breakfast can be as simple as grabbing a banana and eating it on your way to class. So, everyone should have time for breakfast! For those of you who don’t like breakfast foods, it’s okay to eat foods that aren’t traditionally eaten in the morning. Breakfast can be as quick and simple as you make it! Here are some tips for quick or non-traditional breakfast foods:

  • Fruit: available at all the dining halls
  • Breakfast bars
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches: make your own or grab-n-go at DXpress
  • Cereal in ready-to-eat bowls: get them at Owens
  • Yogurt with granola, fruit or nuts: get it at the yogurt bar from D2
  • Bagel with jelly, peanut butter, or low-fat cream cheese: offered at D2, Deets, DXpress, or ABP
  • Trail mix (nuts, dark chocolate pieces, dried fruit, and anything else you like!)
  • Leftover foods like chicken or salad

References:YES Logo

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

California Food Policy Advocates

WebMD

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