Why is Breakfast so Important?
Eating in the morning may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is worthwhile. Breakfast is literally what it says - ‘breaking’ the ‘fast’. This ‘fast’ that you’re breaking each day is the fast that your body has been in for the last 8-10 hours since you last ate and have been sleeping. So, it is imperative kick start your day by adding some energy back in!
Cortisol is the hormone which regulates our energy by keeping our blood sugar levels in check. Cortisol levels are highest in the morning, and lowest at night, as our cortisol levels need to dip to a certain level to feel sleepy. As our bodies are coming off the fast from sleeping (and not eating) during the night, we must consume food to fuel our bodies energy systems and keep our cortisol levels balanced. If cortisol is not balanced, our bodies pump out extra cortisol to keep us functioning throughout the day. Couple this with added caffeine throughout the day, perhaps another missed meal, and the stress of daily life… perhaps this could be the reason we are counting sheep to fall asleep each night, our cortisol levels are too high!
Did you also know that the brain can use up to half of the bodies energy? Well given that, it’s no surprise that studies show those who consume breakfast had higher levels of concentration and increased energy than those who skipped it. Research also finds that breakfast eaters are also associated with higher intakes of fibre each day. Keeping you fuller for longer and preventing over eating. As well as lower intakes of dietary cholesterol.
Something else worthwhile to consider, is the amount of nutrients you are able to consume throughout the day. Often those who skip breakfast have difficulty reaching the daily recommendations for vitamins and minerals, as they are skipping a whole meal altogether. By putting a nutrient loaded smoothie together, or creating some hot oats over the stove, getting in all those goodies is made that much easier.
Breakfast may not be something you dedicate a lot of time for in the morning, but as highlighted above, consuming breakfast sure does pack a punch! Get those energy and cortisol levels balanced from the start of the day and stop that stomach from growling until lunch time.
They our Green Breakfast Bowl. Filled with ridiculous amounts of nutrients to nourish your day for the day.
Green Breakfast Bowl
3 frozen bananas
1 ½ cup frozen cauliflower
1 large handful spinach
1 Tbsp cashew butter
1 cup mango, frozen
½ cup water
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour in bowls and top with seeds, nuts or nutty coconut granola.