Healthy Breakfasts in Just Five Minutes!

One out of every four of us skips breakfast daily. 50% of us eat breakfast only on occasion. We skip breakfast because we want to lose weight, aren't hungry, or because we complain that we don't have enough time. According to Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness, this is a big mistake, especially when it only takes 5 minutes to eat well in the morning.

People who eat breakfast think more clearly, remember more, are more creative, react quicker, make fewer mistakes, and have more energy than their breakfast-skipping friends. And, they are better nourished, healthier, and consume less fat and more fiber than do breakfst skippers.

What's even more ironic is that skipping breakfast in an effort to cut calories and lose weight backfires. People eat more, not less when they skip breakfast. It's called the night eating syndrome. Where once a person starts to eat mid-day, he or she eats more food and calories between noon and bedtime than did someone who took a few minutes to eat in the morning. A study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville found that people who ate breakfast lost more weight than did breakfast skippers, even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories.

Elizabeth's 1,2,3 Breakfast Rule:
1) a whole grain to provide needed high-quality carbs for the brain during the morning hours,
2) a little protein to keep you satiated and maintain even blood sugar levels throughout the morning, and
3) 1 and preferably 2 colorful fruits and vegetables.



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