Why Is Breakfast So Important?
“Hangry” – The term used to describe people who get angry when they are hungry.
Food has a direct impact on our moods, performance, and productivity. This especially holds true for the food we eat for breakfast. In order to start the day on the right foot, we need to give our bodies the right kind of energy to jumpstart the day.
What we eat for breakfast determines how long we can sustain that energy, as our bodies don’t process all foods at the same rate. When our bodies process food, it is converted into glucose, which is what provides our bodies with the fuel it needs to be productive and alert. Foods that are high in sugar or fat, release glucose quickly, which gives us a high boost of energy, but then is quickly followed by a crash.
On the other end of the spectrum, if we eat foods that provide more sustained energy, such as low glycemic carbohydrates found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as proteins and healthy fats, we are able to provide our brains with a balanced supply of energy. If glucose levels are low, it’s hard to concentrate and some of us can become easily aggravated… therefore becoming “hangry.” In order to avoid that stigma, it’s essential to start your day with a healthy breakfast.
So what are some ideas for a healthy breakfast? According to WebMD, a healthy breakfast should contain at least five grams of fiber, one serving of calcium (equip to a cup of milk or yogurt), and some protein. Some ideas include:
- A slice of whole wheat toast with nut butter and sliced banana, and a Greek yogurt
- Fruit, cheese and nuts (such as an apple, 1-2 oz. cheese , and walnuts)
- A bowl of fiber-rich , low-sugar cereal (less than five grams of sugar), skim milk and blueberries
- A smoothie made with almond milk, protein powder and fruit such as a banana or strawberries
- A bowl of oatmeal and piece of fruit
- Fruit and yogurt parfait made with Greek yogurt, berries and a little granola on top
Faith Technologies encourages healthy breakfast choices at work by providing free fresh fruit, oatmeal and green tea in the break rooms. Our recently-opened Innovation Center located in Menasha, WI includes a self-serve kiosk-based concept (or micro market) that provides fresh gourmet food, healthy options for meals and snacks, and a large variety of beverages. For breakfast, employees can find fruit and yogurt parfaits, boiled eggs, fresh cut fruit, cereal, granola bars, and breakfast sandwiches.
So between getting ready for work and possibly getting the kids to school, make sure that you and your family all fit in a healthy breakfast each day. For more breakfast options, check out these healthy breakfast ideas for busy mornings!