We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why is the morning meal so important? Most people think it is because it kick starts your metabolism for the day, and this may be partially true. Studies show that eating breakfast may also help regulate blood sugar and improve mental health and well being. Check out some of the research along with some of my favorite vegan breakfast recipes.
The Importance of Breakfast
Many people skip breakfast because they are rushing to get out the door to school or work. This could be a mistake that sets your day up for some physical and mental setbacks.
There are loads of conflicting scientific studies regarding breakfast. Some claim that breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, while others say people who skip breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day. Few studies evaluate the quality of breakfast, and this definitely plays a part. If you tend wake up to a soda and a couple pop tarts, choosing to skip that meal is a good thing. If, however, you eat a breakfast of whole grain oatmeal with fresh juice, your body will thank you.
Most people wake up hungry, and the natural response is to eat. Our a.m. meal provides fuel for the mental and physical demands of the day. Students, in particular, seem to benefit from eating a wholesome breakfast. One study showed that children who eat breakfast are more able to concentrate, pay attention, and are more alert at school. Additionally, breakfast-eating students had better grades overall.
Another study suggests that breakfast improves feelings of quality of life and reduces stress and depression.
Observational studies of breakfast consumption in children and adults suggest a protective association between the frequency of eating breakfast and the risk for obesity and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Importantly, this study draws the conclusion that frequency (especially daily consumption) and quality (foods such as fiber- and nutrient-rich whole grains, fruit, and low-fat dairy) may be related to appetite and blood sugar control.
Breakfast Doesn’t Have to Be Boring
On that note, looking for high-fiber, nutrient-rich foods for breakfast is key. I love to start my day with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Over the years, I’ve developed lots of delicious and healthy breakfast options that are vegan and gluten-free as well. Like the ever-popular Blueberry Bake that tastes so good, you’ll feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast. Or if you’re looking for a nice Sunday morning treat, how about my Vegan French Toast with Berry Compote?
Check out a few of my favorite vegan breakfast recipes:
- Blueberry Bake
- Breakfast and Snack Toasts Six Ways
- Chia Breakfast Pudding
- Steel Cut Oats and Carmelized Bananas
- Vegan French Toast with Berry Compote
- Two Favorite Fresh Juices to Put a Pep in Your Step
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