Friday, September 6, 2013

Let's Celebrate National Breakfast Month - Healthy Style!

Did you know September is National Breakfast Month? I personally believe every single day should be National Breakfast Day, but that is just me. Seriously - it is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You are literally breaking the fast after sleeping overnight. Breakfast kick-starts your engine and gives you energy to get your day going and it can help to control your blood sugar and regulate your appetite throughout the day.

There is a catch, though...this all depends on what YOU CHOOSE to eat for breakfast. A cinnamon crunch bagel and cream cheese? A frosted donut? These are full of empty calories and are not going to give you nutrients or the benefits I mentioned above. In fact, they will do just the opposite. You'll get an immediate rise in blood sugar and you'll be feeling good for a short while, but just an hour or two later you will experience a major blood sugar crash. This will most likely leave you reaching for another one of those sugary bagels or donuts-not the best way to start the day.

So how should you start the day? How about fresh fruits and veggies, a bit of meat and eggs and a touch of avocado? Eating these REAL foods for breakfast will give you protein for energy, fats to make you feel satiated and slow-digesting carbs and fiber to keep you feeling full for longer.

Alright - time to celebrate with some of my favorite What I Gather breakfasts! Do you have a favorite breakfast dish? Share it below in the comments!