As any good parent will tell you when they're trying to drag your a$$ out of bed in the morning, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We've heard about how it can be important to kick-start the ol' metabolism and get a brain ready for the day. All well and good, but most of us just settle into a cup of coffee and a pastry before doing whatever it is we do to make a living.
Well it might be worth getting up a little earlier (and, yeah, going to bed a little earlier) to get that breakfast in before the day starts.
And, while you're at it, pack a few proteins in the meal, too.
“Having protein throughout the day is important in order to help you feel full and satisfied. However, starting off your day with a protein-rich breakfast may have the biggest impact, since it can help to stabilize blood sugar levels all day long—meaning less hunger and cravings and more consistent energy,” Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, says.
Get that breakfast in early, folks. If you eat within an hour of waking up rather than, say, laying in bed screwing around with your phone, then it will rev up that enthusiastic metabolism AND keep you from feeling them hunger pains later in the day.
“For on-the-go breakfast options, I love to recommend eggs because they’re such an easy, versatile complete protein option. You can take a hard-boiled egg with you on the go or make ‘egg muffins’ with eggs and vegetables that can easily be prepped in advance and last all week long,” she says. “Protein-rich smoothies can also make an easy breakfast or on-the-go snack. A good recipe template for a smoothie includes 1 cup frozen or fresh fruit, 1/2 cup vegetables, and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt for a creamy and filling option.”
Also, here's some more fun facts: keeping proteins in your diet will keep you fuller through the day. “Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, so eating protein every few hours throughout the day is key to curbing hunger and cravings while helping to keep blood sugar levels steady for consistent energy all day long,” she says. “Most of us fall short on getting in enough plant-based proteins, but adding these to your diet can boost protein along with fiber and antioxidants to not only help you stay full longer, but to improve health as well.”
So there you go. Beans and other legumes in your salad, nuts and seeds in your oatmeal, and snack on big fistfuls of edamame. Pretty soon you'll be feeling better and be happier and all that good stuff!