Don't Forget the Protein for Breakfast
By Donna Kostiew
We have all grown up being told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know it is also important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle? So what you choose to put on your plate not only sets the tone for the rest of the day but also contributes to your overall health and well-being.
Many typical breakfast foods are high in carbs and sugar but contain very little protein. Though most people do end up getting enough protein throughout the day, it is usually from their meals at lunch and dinner and unfortunately, this isn’t always the best thing for the body.
Protein at Breakfast is a Wise Choice
Here are several reasons why switching to a protein-laden breakfast is better than eating those sugary cereals and cinnamon buns.
- Weight management – Protein helps people feel fuller throughout the first half of the day. So for those concerned about maintaining the weight they are at, or for those trying to lose weight, this can be very helpful.
- Alertness – Protein provides the amino acids that your brain needs to function at an optimal level. It gives you the energy that is needed during the day and makes you feel more awake and alert.
- Good behavior - Proteins aid in slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates, which helps supply a steady flow of sugars to the brain. This has been shown to help children with behavior issues.
- Decrease in sugar spikes - A breakfast with carbohydrates and protein will help maintain a gradual rise in blood sugar, compared to the typical spike and fall from breakfasts filled with sugar. This can be particularly helpful for those with conditions like diabetes.
- Muscle health - Spacing out your protein intake over the whole day is much better for your muscles, especially for athletes, than having one gigantic piece of grilled chicken for dinner.
Now we know why protein is good for us at breakfast, so what are we going to serve?
Adding Protein to Your Breakfast
Skipping the sweets for breakfast, or adding more substance next to that cup of coffee, is easier than you think. Here are some delicious ways to add protein to your morning meal.
- Add ham to your omelet
- Add almond or peanut butter to your oatmeal or smoothie
- Include Greek yogurt at breakfast
- Make your oatmeal with milk rather than water
- Add cottage cheese to your fruit salad
Breakfast is also your best opportunity to start your day with a healthy dose of other important vitamins and minerals that your body requires. And if good nutrition is important to you (as it should be), be sure to come in to The Joint Chiropractic for regular adjustments. The adjustments your chiropractor provides contribute to an optimally functioning digestive system so your body can receive and utilize every last bit of nutrition you put into it.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.