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I’ll admit it, I’m not a morning person. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I dislike it so much, that I have a nightly routine that allows me to have everything ready and quick to go, so I can make it out the door in 30 minutes. Just so I get a little more time to sleep. Over the years, I decided that one of the things that I was willing to give up for that abbreviated morning schedule was breakfast. Here is the thing, I love breakfast foods. I often make breakfast for dinner even, but the time that it takes to make a decent breakfast, well it’s a little too daunting for me.
However, that has had to change in the recent weeks and I now am going to have to figure out a way to make breakfast a priority again. So, I’m a learner by default so I started doing research on why breakfast is important. Okay, so it wasn’t much of a project because you hear over and over again, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, here are some facts I didn’t know and that are helping me to make the change.
Breakfast Don’t Skip It
- Protein – Adults need 20 – 30 grams of protein to start their morning. This helps to make our metabolism work properly and maintain our muscle mass.
- Blood Sugar – Eating breakfast helps to keep your blood sugar level throughout the day. This is important not only for your health, but also your mood. When our blood sugar dips and quickly increased we become jumpy, angry and anxious just to name a few emotions it plays with.
- Heart – When you skip breakfast, you are more likely to experience atherosclerosis which is when your arteries narrow and harden because of plaque.
- Larger Waistlines – Skipping breakfast can increase your blood pressure, your cholesterol and your weight, tending to put those pounds around your waistline which has big health implications.
So armed with that information, and knowing what a change of eating breakfast can help, I needed to decide what I could handle on a regular basis to help me meet that golden 21 days to make something a habit. My number one reason for the breakfast change is to get more protein than I am currently eating. (note bullet number one above). So I needed to make a list of things that could be quick fixes with a protein punch. Here’s the list I started with, and I’m increasing it as time goes by.
Protein for Breakfast
- Cottage Cheese (one of my favorite foods, just became a lot more important to me)
- Boiled Eggs
- Protein Shakes (new to me, but I’m giving it a try – any thoughts or suggestions appreciated in the comments below!)
- Monster Breakfast Cookies
- Protein Bars
- Ham or Sausage
As I was on the search for Monster Breakfast Cookies, I started having a bit too much fun, and I created a new Pinterst Board that I’d like to share with you, called “Plenty of Protein for Breakfast”.
I’ll be adding to this board, and if you have any suggestions please call them out. I’m looking for as many options (quick, tasty and healthy) to make sure that we can live with the “breakfast don’t skip it” theme starting now, and for a permanent change.
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