One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves in the morning is time! When we are trying to get out the door, anything that saves time is a blessing. And anything that creates and generates health is a blessing.
When you are able to make meals that you heat and eat in the morning, you are starting the day off right.
Eating breakfast is important for adults and children.
For adults, eating breakfast has been linked to weight management and improved concentration and performance. It can also improve endurance for physical exercise. Adults that eat breakfast reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity.
Some of the benefits for children having breakfast have been published by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. When children have breakfast they are more likely to have positive benefits.
Here are some of the USDA's findings:
- Having breakfast helps to improve standard test scores, including reading and math. Breakfast creates better behavior and greater ability to get along with their classmates during the day.
- Having breakfast improves attentiveness, memory, and ability to perform problem-solving tasks.
- Children who eat breakfast are less prone to tardiness, and have fewer absences from school.
- Children who eat breakfast are lest likely to be overweight.
- Eating breakfast creates healthy habits that children can continue later in life.
It is important not only to eat some breakfast, but breakfast should be a balanced part of the day. Having a high-fiber and low-sugar breakfast helps with cognitive function.
Since breakfast is so important, do you want some ideas for breakfast that you can eat quickly? Here are some great ideas to create meals the evening or weekend before, so you can just pull a healthy breakfast out of the refrigerator and go.
My all-time favorite breakfast is a smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to get nutrition into your daily routine. The website VegKitchen has some great ideas to get fruits and vegetables into your morning smoothie.
I love adding flax oil and probiotics to make a super smoothie first thing in the morning.
Frittatas, breakfast casseroles and quiches are all wonderful selections. They can be made and then reheated for breakfast in the morning.
Another option is chilled oatmeal in jars. You can make the oatmeal and refrigerate it for up to three days. This oatmeal is a great way to make breakfast for a few days in advance.
Making breakfast in the evening or on the weekend can improve your entire week. Enjoy breakfast and its benefits all day, every day!