You may have heard before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why is that? The fit team chatted with Registered Dietitian, Mariah Reil, to learn about the ins and outs of breakfast.

Why does breakfast matter and what does it do for your body? Breakfast is the first opportunity that our bodies have to fuel up again after going all night without any food. Breaking the fast (break-fast) means that breakfast is an important meal. Just like you fill up your car with gas to drive it, we need to eat breakfast in the morning so that we can start the day off with energy. Our bodies use energy in the form of blood glucose. When we wake up in the morning, our blood glucose is typically low. When we eat breakfast, we allow our blood glucose to rise and provide energy to our cells.

Expert Tip: “Try to incorporate protein, fat, and a carbohydrate with some fiber in your breakfast to make sure you (and your child) are satisfied and ready to conquer the day.”

What are some points on nutrition labels that you can look for when you don’t have a lot of time for breakfast? When searching for quick items to serve for breakfast, try to include a protein with either a carb and/or fat. It doesn’t need to be complex! Something as easy as a piece of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and strawberries will provide protein, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates. Grab a Greek yogurt from the fridge and add a banana on the side. Give your child a choice between a cheese stick or a hard boiled egg to add to their granola bar to bump up the protein.

Do you have any advice for people who struggle to make time for breakfast? While breakfast IS important, it can also be a challenge to incorporate this meal when your morning is rushed. Incorporate quick and easy options such as those listed above for mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare a meal. You can also try prepping components of breakfast one day a week and grab and go for the rest of the week (hard boiled eggs, muffins, egg cups, etc). It’s okay to incorporate convenience into your breakfast routines!

Expert Tip: Make it simple, offer choices to your kids, and focus on small things you can do to offer balanced and easy breakfasts.

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