Every single morning when I open my eyes, my first thought is “FOOOD.” Truly, the reason I get up is because I want to eat. It’s as simple as that. The thought of fresh eggs, hot coffee, bananas with almond butter—yumm!
So imagine my surprise when I read that ten to fifteen percent of Americans skip breakfast every morning. That is bloooody crazy to me! That adage “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” is my food life motto, y’all. I suppose the general thought process for people who skip breakfast is that they would rather sleep; they’ll cut down on calories by skipping; they’re just “not hungry yet”; or they don’t know what to eat that’s healthy.
Let’s understand the side effects of skipping breakfast. You will see an increased risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. According to the National Institutes of Health, this condition can bring on physical symptoms such as shakiness, dizziness, weakness, headaches, tingling, and a rapid heart rate, symptoms which only get worse with age. When you have low blood sugar, you also tend to have increased fatigue, worse moods, less memory recall, and worse concentration. Basically you will have RBF (resting b face) all day until you get some food in yo body.
Now let’s understand the side effects of eating a sugary/unhealthy breakfast. Obesity is a big one here, and with that comes a whole slew of side effects. When you have too much sugar at breakfast, lack of long-term energy throughout your day is another side effect. It’s quite sad, really, that daily choices can lead you down a golden or dark path with your health. I think I’m most annoyed at the marketing by these giant food providers of their sugary cereals. They’ve led millions astray from healthy diet plans.
So obviously cutting down on calories by skipping breakfast isn’t the answer. If you need more sleep, you should probably get to sleep earlier and put that Netflix away (Stranger Things binge watch, yah?). If you’re just not hungry yet, then have a later breakfast, but definitely don’t wait until lunch. If you can’t think of fast, easy, healthy options to have for breakfast, keep on readin’, sugar.
I Googled what healthy eaters and sites agree on for breakfast essentials, and I think this site sums it up best with the list below. A good breakfast should include food from three of the following four groups:
- Fruits and vegetables (fresh varieties or 100 percent juice without added sugar; smoothies are fantastic)
- Grains (bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, toast, crackers, whole-grain rolls, or low-fat bran muffins)
- Dairy (skim milk, low-fat cheese such as cottage or natural cheese, or low-fat yogurt)
- Protein (peanut butter, hard boiled eggs, or slices of lean meat)
My most popular breakfast is a legitimately HUGE and delicious breakfast burrito. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- One large wheat tortilla
- Grilled veggies (I dice these on Sunday, stick them in the fridge, and use them all week.)
- Cheeeese (Sharp cheddar is bae.)
- Tomato salsa (I’d make your own salsa so that you don’t get the ridiculous amounts of sugar in your jars. Or go organic, obvi.)
- Two scrambled eggs
- Hummus & spices (pepper, chilli)
- Pinch of lime juice
- Black beans (Optional. I didn’t in mine, but it’s an easy add-in.)
Super easy. Super filling. Super deeelish.
When you pursue a breakfast plan with healthy options, your mind is more alert, you will have better concentration and be in a better mood, and you won’t be as likely to binge eat during lunch. You also won’t snack on small, sugary things here and there to give yourself energy. One of the ways I love myself is through being intentional with everything I eat. Ninety percent of my diet consists of healthy foods so that when I indulge in the other ten percent, I can enjoy those treats with ZERO guilt. Side note: lots of those treats are consumed when I’m with the same people, so I’m sure they think I always eat like that hahaha. Little do they know.
I also think it’s crazy when people aren’t passionate about food! The fact that you can create something that tastes SO GOOD, it’s like, why wouldn’t you put in that effort to get fresh ingredients and make yourself some dang good food? Stretch out that sense of taste with new flavors and experiences. We were meant to be creative and work with our hands, and I think preparing food is no exception. So be creative, get a new recipe, and don’t give in to that lazy voice on your shoulder telling you to just order in or skip the meal! I promise it’s so worth it. What are your favorite recipes for a good breakfast?