It’s easy to hear your alarm go off in the morning and opt to hit the snooze button for a couple more minutes of beauty rest. But if you do that, you usually have to sacrifice something, and that something is usually breakfast. You’ve heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” too many times to count at this point in your life, but are you taking that advice for granted?
Here are some of the most common excuses you’ve probably used to skip breakfast, and all the reasons why that excuse is totally bogus:
1. “A granola bar is a quick, healthy substitution for breakfast.”
You’re right, a granola bar is quick. But that’s about all it is. Reader’s Digest spoke with Dr. Garth Davis, a bariatric surgeon at The Davis Clinic in Houston, Texas, who warned the publication that these energy bars are nothing more than processed chemicals. A lot of these labels boast that they’re a healthy part of your diet, but they’re really just empty calories, so they aren’t helping fuel your body properly.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a healthy breakfast includes a mix of different foods. The source explained that these food groups are: dairy, whole grains, lean meats or their alternatives, and fruits and vegetables. Of these categories, a healthy breakfast should contain three food groups.
2. “If I eat too much I’ll go into a food coma and I won’t be able to focus.”
This might be true, but only if you eat a particularly heavy meal, accounted LiveStrong’s wellness blog. But it’s not like you’re eating a big Thanksgiving Day dinner every morning, so you should be good on this front. The blog explained that the right foods will help give you important calories that will not only help you focus, but improve your memory as well. Some of these nutrients include complex- carbohydrates, protein and fat. Skipping this meal will only make it harder for you to concentrate. Eating an hour or two after you wake up is the most beneficial way to activate these calories.
3. “I don’t need the extra calories of breakfast foods.”
If you still believe that eating less promotes weight loss, you need to think again. It isn’t necessarily about how much you put in your body as much as it is what you put in your body. The Globe and Mail recently reported that a breakfast, specifically one high in protein, helps teens lose weight. This is because protein helps curb hunger cravings allowing you to steer clear of unhealthy snacking. Plus, protein gives your body the energy it needs to fuel your day. The source also explained that teens who continually skipped breakfast gained an average of 3.5 pounds in just a couple of weeks.
4. “Breakfast takes too long to make. I don’t have time in the morning.”
Yeah, right! Avoid hitting that snooze button one less time, set an alarm with your BABY-G watch and you’ll be good to go. But if you really need those extra seven minutes, you can prep your breakfast before you go to bed at night.
Check out this list of breakfast ideas that are easy, and will make you never want to skip your first meal again:
Quick morning-of breakfast ideas:
- Avocado toast on whole wheat bread with tomato slices and a hard boiled egg.
- Fruit parfait topped with granola.
- Fruit smoothie with low-fat yogurt with a side of low-fat cheese.
- Whole wheat toast with peanut butter sprinkled with chia seeds and a side of fresh fruit.
Prep the night before breakfast ideas:
- Vegetable pizza with a whole wheat crust.
- Breakfast burrito loaded with black beans, scrambled eggs, spinach and fresh salsa.
- Instant oats with fresh fruit, honey and a hard boiled egg.
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