BENEFITS OF BREAKFAST
Why Breakfast Is Actually Important
You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? We know it’s an easy meal to skip thanks to rushed mornings and early commutes, so we’re sharing some facts to help you understand the benefits of breakfast and why there’s so much buzz about the first meal of the day.
FUEL YOUR BRAIN, FUEL YOUR BODY
The time that you spend sleeping is usually the longest period of fasting your body goes through on a daily basis. Eating soon after you wake up is your best bet to make sure you have the focus and energy needed to tackle whatever the day throws at you. This is because your brain is fueled by glucose, so the sooner it re-ups after sleep, the better. If you wait until lunch for your first meal, you risk not functioning as well as you would be if you ate breakfast; your memory, concentration, mood, and stress levels could all be affected. Even though eating a morning meal may not come naturally to you, your body and brain will thank you by performing at their best.
There are a bunch of studies surrounding the health benefits of eating breakfast, but think of it realistically: when you skip breakfast, you feel hungry earlier in the day which can distract you from your day-to-day activities. We don’t know about you, but when we’re hungry, that’s the only thing we can think about! If you keep your body full starting from the beginning of the day, you can give all your attention and energy to the task at hand, whether it be in the office, classroom or on the trail.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you skip breakfast, there’s less of a chance you’ll consume the recommended daily intake of important nutrients and vitamins. We know it can seem hard to always eat everything you’re supposed to, but by cutting out a well-balanced breakfast, you’re giving yourself a smaller opportunity to succeed when it comes to daily nutrition. Cut yourself a break and break the fast, eat breakfast!
If you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, eating breakfast can help you reach your goals. When you eat first thing in the morning, you’re jumpstarting your metabolism and helping your body to burn calories earlier in the day. The hunger pains don’t hit as early as they would if you were waiting for lunch to be your first meal of the day. We’ve all been there: when you go from feeling hungry to hangry, it’s too easy to say yes to the greasy burger…and the fries…and the milkshake. When you’re not starving by lunchtime, it’s easier for you to pick out healthy foods that will continue to keep your body fueled and feeling good. The benefits only increase from there, since eating well earlier in the day can help you stay on track with your personal nutrition plan as dinner comes around.
MAKING TIME FOR BREAKFAST
Now we have to admit that eating soon after we wake up didn’t always come naturally for us. In fact, we created our line of ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes because we were skipping breakfast! We were too busy to prepare a meal and then take the time to sit down to eat it, so we went with the worst option: skip it all together. After doing this for a while, we began to see the toll that it was taking on our bodies, so we started to look for convenient, breakfast foods we could take on the go. They were out there, but all we found were foods full of artificial preservatives, fillers and other ingredients that weren’t going to sit well with our bodies.
We knew we had to take matters into our own hands, so we started making smoothies with gluten free oatmeal, fruit and flax seeds. This combination of ingredients provided us with a breakfast that gave us sustained energy, which made the smoothies the perfect fuel for our busy lifestyles. The best part was that the smoothies not only tasted great, but were portable and also full of omega-3s and fiber. (Want to know more about how Munk Pack came to be? Check out our story for the full scoop!)
REAL INGREDIENTS MATTER
You might be asking yourself right now, “So what? What’s the big deal about omega fatty acids and fiber?” If you have heard these terms but didn’t really understand them (we’ve been there!), here’s the deal: Although omega-3s are healthy fats that are essential to your body’s health, you have to find them in foods since your body can’t make them itself. The awesome thing about omega-3 fatty acids is that there are so many different ways that they help you be your best self. Studies show that omega-3s may reduce inflammation, the risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis, and they also have a positive effect on your memory, mood, weight loss, and overall development. And don’t forget about the fiber! Soluble fiber is great because it helps with digestive health and also slows down how quickly sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream. Although it may feel good at the start, a sugar high, and the crash that follows, is not how we want to start our day. Adding these ingredients to your morning meal can ensure you’re eating a nutritious breakfast.
PLANNING FOR BREAKFAST
One of the best tips to add healthy breakfasts into your daily routine is to plan ahead. This could be accomplished by meal prepping or simply shopping smart. Whether you’re making your own meal or buying it ahead of time, make sure that it’s made with real, wholesome ingredients (skip the sugary cereals!) and is easy to take on the go. If you’re the DIY type, try eating some fresh fruit, steel-cut oats, whole grain toast with peanut butter (almond butter and cashew butter are also great options), or plant-based yogurt. If you don’t have time to cook in the morning, stock up on shelf-stable options like our Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes and Protein Cookies. One of the biggest excuses for not eating breakfast is that people don’t have time to make it or eat it, so by following this one tip you’re already on the road to breakfast success.