Why Eat Breakfast?

In my desire to find positive things to write and think about I realized that healthy eating and slow cooking is a passion of mine which I have not shared on my blog. Since most everyone enjoys good food I thought I would start sharing some ideas on healthy eating. Let’s start with breakfast….

Many of us get stuck in food routines, especially where breakfast is concerned.  Do you find yourself staring vacantly into the fridge, wondering what else you can eat besides your usual cereal, toast or eggs? Are you tempted to just skip breakfast all together or to stop for a fast food breakfast of less than healthy breakfast burritos, sausage sandwiches, syrupy pancakes, and designer donuts?

Don’t give in! Breakfast is a very important meal, perhaps the most important one, as it sets the tone of your day. When you wake up from your sleep induced fast, your body’s blood sugar is low, thus unable to deliver the energy your muscles and brain need to get going with the day’s projects. Lack of food will zapp your energy as will food high in processed carbohydrates and sugars which shoot your blood sugar levels up rapidly only to crash back down. Either of these options will leave you feeling sluggish and hungry long before lunch. Then the temptation sets in to snack on bad fat, high sugar foods which we find in abundance everywhere.

Eating a nutritious breakfast with protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and good fats helps keep your hunger in check and leads to less over eating through out the day. This will help you maintain a healthy weight. But don’t indulge in a huge breakfast as that might set you up to overeat the rest of the day.

There are so many different diets people are experimenting with these days – vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten free, raw food – to name a few.  No matter what your current diet is, it’s best to chose a breakfast that includes a mix of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fiber. You might even add a veggie or two. The carbs will get your energy going right away, the protein will kick in later on and the fiber will keep you satisfied. 

There are lots of healthy choices which will add variety to your breakfast menu. Cook up a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with berries and topped with creme fraiche, have a few slices of cheese with fruit, make a breakfast smoothie using greens, frozen berries, and coconut milk with a couple of teaspoons of flax meal or heat up last night’s left overs if you are really out of time.  For something totally different cook up a few sweet potatoes and save them in your fridge. In the morning simply slice the sweet potato in half and brown it in some grass-fed butter (flesh side down).  Eat it alone or with a soft-boiled or fried egg. Think outside of the box just a little bit and you might find breakfast becomes your favorite meal of the day.

I also enjoy creating paintings and drawings of foods I love.  Here’s one I call “Apple Smiles”

Apples, small painting by Judith Shaw


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