By Wilson Ho
As college students, we are always on the go and sometimes we forget to allow time for breakfast; however, it is actually a really important part of your day. Sometimes it may be easier to hit the snooze button and get some extra sleep, but stay on a healthy track by making it a priority to include this meal as a part of your day!
- Weight Loss Benefits
Did you know eating breakfast can actually help you maintain a healthy weight? When you skip breakfast in the morning, you get hungry before lunch, causing you to eat bigger portions which can lead to possible weight gain. A 2003 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that “skipping breakfast was associated with a significantly higher risk of obesity”. Always keep in mind that those who skip breakfast tend to overeat and snack excessively throughout the day.
Another benefit of eating a healthy breakfast is the energy it provides you with for the rest of the day. According to a 1999 study in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, upon waking up in the morning, blood glucose levels can be relatively low so it is important to eat a high-fiber, low-carb breakfast to increase energy levels. Choosing the right breakfast is also important for keeping energy levels high throughout the day. High-fiber, whole-grain cereals, yogurt, and oatmeal are good examples of foods that can give you energy for the rest of the day.
- Cognitive Function
Students who eat breakfast every morning experience many benefits related to proper cognitive functions. A simple meal in the morning can enhance your memory, attention, reasoning, creativity, and learning. By getting up as little as ten minutes earlier and eating a healthy breakfast, you can help yourself stay concentrated for all your classes.
- Good Habits
As a result of preparing breakfast every morning, you will also develop a routine to wake up at the same time. With a regular routine, you are less likely to hit the snooze button, be late for class or miss the bus. Getting into good habits like eating breakfast every morning will make you a more productive person overall; while eating breakfast in the morning, you can also catch up on the news and stay updated with what’s going on around the world!
Breakfast is a great opportunity for you to replenish your body with nutrients that it needs. For example, eating a healthy breakfast with vegetables and fruit can give your body nutrients like folate, iron, and fibers. Increasing your calcium intake can help you maintain bone and dental health, so you can try to choose foods that are high in calcium for breakfast. So remember, choosing what to eat is extremely important for feeding your body with the right nutrients.
On a busy weekday you might not have the time to prepare breakfast in the morning, so there are alternatives by making it on a Sunday night and heating it up before you leave the house! Some options for a healthy breakfast include: fresh fruit, boiled eggs, and wholegrain toast.