Common Nutrition Myth #3: Skipping breakfast will help you eat less calories

Eating breakfast jump-starts your body and mind for the day ahead. When you start off your day, your body needs fuel; if you don't eat shortly after you wake up, you start to feel fatigued and have difficultly concentrating and problem-solving.

Additionally, studies show that without eating breakfast, people are much more susceptible to cravings and are less likely to make healthy choices in the morning and throughout the day. Those who skip a morning meal also show an increase in eating at fast food restaurants and are more likely to be overweight in general.

Many of us skip breakfast when we're in a hurry, or worse, turn to calorie-rich foods with little nutritional value. For an optimal, filling breakfast, try to get a combinations of complex carbohydrates and lean protein, as well as fiber to keep you full for your morning routine.

For quick, on-the-go breakfast, try one of these ideas:
  • Single-serving bowl of whole-grain cereal with skim milk and fruit
  • String cheese with whole wheat crackers
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter
  • Breakfast wrap with whole wheat tortilla, scrambled egg whites, diced peppers and low-fat cheese
  • Whole grain waffle with low-sugar jam or peanut butter
  • Energy bar with at least 3-5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein (Odwalla, Kashi GoLean and SoyJoy are all great options)
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