Why Breakfast Matters
Posted on May 17 2016
Did you know that breakfast has an effect that’s unlike any other meal? Research shows that eating breakfast within two hours of waking up in the morning can have an amazing array of benefits for your metabolism and health.
Breakfast has been associated with benefits including:
- Protecting against heart disease
- Lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Possibly enhancing mental acuity, including improved memory and attention
- Lower risk for obesity
- Increased level of physical activity
Miss breakfast and you are likely to miss out on these health benefits. People who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up their daily requirement for some vitamins and minerals that breakfast would have provided, according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Think you have no time for breakfast in the morning? Here are two simple solutions from Johns Hopkins:
- Get up 15 minutes earlier – just a few extra minutes in the morning is all that you need to find the time for a quick healthy breakfast.
- Plan ahead – just as you may lay out your clothing the night before, choose what you are going to eat for breakfast before the next morning, even doing some of the prep work, such as cutting up some fruit, in the evening.
What’s on Your Morning Menu?
Of course, it’s not just that you eat breakfast that matters, it’s what you eat that will really make the difference in your waistline and your well-being.
Make sure you are getting a variety of foods, including whole grains, protein, fruits and veggies. Yes, bonus points if you eat veggies with your morning meal! Venus is a big fan of smoothies and green juices, and ensures there are lots of vegetables, including kale, carrots and cucumbers, in her smoothies, with a little fruit. She also adds in some protein powder to balance out the beverage. Oatmeal is another healthy choice. Load it full of healthy toppings like nuts, fruits and seeds.
For mornings when you are short on time, there are lots of healthy bars and on-the-go items you can get at the grocery store and stock in your pantry, so you’ll always have something to grab and go. Just be sure to always read the nutrition labels before you buy, especially the sugar content, as too many packaged foods that purport to be healthy can in fact be packed with hidden sugar.
Starting Your Day in Style
Once you’ve fueled up for the day with a healthy breakfast, you’ll be ready for a productive day ahead. The EleVen lifestyle is about being better than your best, and eating a balanced breakfast can help ensure you start of each day ready to be your personal best. Of course, EleVen is also about style, and our collections provide you with just the right wardrobe to take on the day with style. Check out the latest collection here.