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Is It Ok to Skip Breakfast?



 

 




Absolutely not.  Within one hour of waking you need to refuel your body.  Your brain requires nutrients to function (especially glucose from carbohydrates). 
 
“I feel like I’m being ‘good” by waiting to eat”.  Trust me, you are not doing yourself any favors.  Anytime you delay eating during the morning/afternoon hours it sets you up for more eating later on in the evening.  Studies have shown this to be true. 
 
“My lunch period is at 10:50 or 11 so I don’t need to eat anything before that”.  False!  For the same reasons mentioned you still need to eat something in the morning.
 
“What is a good breakfast”?  Look at the UDSA myplate (www.choosemyplate.gov).  You want a little of everything.  Preferably a whole grain carbohydrate (cereal, oatmeal, granola) and some protein/dairy- yogurt, milk (can be almond or soy milk also) or peanut  or nut butter or an egg, and some fruit or vegetable. 
 
Good examples are:  cereal, milk and berries; toast with peanut butter and fruit; yogurt, granola and fruit;  egg and toast; oatmeal with walnuts, a little brown sugar and some milk and raisins. On the go?  Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a granola bar and yogurt. You could also throw a scrambled egg with some cheese and veggies in a wrap and go!
 
In addition, if you go to school or work you will be able to concentrate better after having a decent breakfast. 
 
So let’s start tomorrow with breakfast!!!
 
Aileen Birkitt, RDN
www.nutrition4youllc.com

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