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.
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