The Worst Breakfast is No Breakfast

5 Oct

Breakfast[1]I always enjoy traveling to different schools and organizations to discuss Strength & Conditioning, Speed & Agility, and Nutrition.  Invariably, when discussing nutrition, we touch upon the importance of breakfast.  When I tell the audience that any breakfast is better than no breakfast, I usually get a few sarcastic responses like, “what about donuts?” or some other sweets or junk food.  Although I differentiate between a healthy, nutritious breakfast and a less sensible option, the point is this:  Eat something — anything — within 30-90 minutes of waking.  It will set the tone for the rest of your day.  It’s not that the quality of what you eat is unimportant, but the benefits of eating breakfast are indisputable:

  • Improves physical and mental health
  • Improves behavior and performance
  • Kick-starts your metabolism
  • Improves your mood
  • Boosts your energy level
  • Helps to minimize daytime hunger

Like any other meal or snack, the key is to aim for balance: clean carbohydrates (whole grains, high-fiber), lean protein, and healthy (unsaturated) fats.  Protein for breakfast is a must.  Eating a protein-rich breakfast can energize you, reduce food cravings, and prevent overeating later, according to research from the University of Missouri.

Don’t get hung up on eating “breakfast” food for breakfast… eat whatever you want.  Just keep it sensible, nutritious, and balanced.  Leftovers from last night’s dinner?  Eat ’em.


Your thoughts?

10 Responses to “The Worst Breakfast is No Breakfast”

  1. Tony October 5, 2016 at 8:59 AM #

    Nice post, Brian! Too many folks skimp on breakfast and pay for it the rest of their day. BTW, not all saturated fats are evil. I start every morning with a spoonful of peanut butter and coconut oil, one of the healthy saturated fats.

  2. Tony October 5, 2016 at 9:01 AM #

    Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100 and commented:
    There are lots of good ideas here. I know that in the hustle and bustle of working (career or school) folks are sometimes willing to skimp on breakfast. This shows why it is a big mistake.


  3. samdfb1 October 5, 2016 at 3:39 PM #

    Great post! Breakfast can be a challenge sometimes-but so important, as you’ve mentioned. I do try…even if its a piece of toast and tea.

    • Brian Lebo October 5, 2016 at 3:42 PM #

      Thank you! Gotta try our Whey Better Cookies!

      • samdfb1 October 5, 2016 at 3:47 PM #

        Welcome. You had me at ‘cookies’, am guessing they are healthy cookies…if such a thing exists! 😉

      • Brian Lebo October 5, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

        Yep. 40 g protein in every cookie. All-natural, healthy, nutritious.

      • samdfb1 October 5, 2016 at 4:09 PM #

        Sounds good. As a vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for protein-rich foods.

      • Brian Lebo October 5, 2016 at 4:46 PM #

        If interested, please email me at

      • samdfb1 October 5, 2016 at 4:56 PM #

        Great. Thanks Brian.

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