People (like your mum or your teachers at school) always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But when you’re in a rush in the morning and need to get to work or school asap, breakfast probably moves way down the priority list, right? Well, it might be time to reprioritise because breakfast really is the most important meal to set your day up. Let me break it down for you.
Breakfast is literally just ‘breaking the fast’ - it provides your body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast of around 10+ hours. It helps you to recharge and get going - kind of like when your refuel your car, or recharge your phone batteries.
How exactly does breakfast recharge your body and brain?
The answer is glucose - the body’s energy source.
Glucose is the main source of fuel for our cells and is broken down and absorbed from the carbohydrates we eat. When your body doesn’t need to use glucose for energy, it stores it in your muscle tissue and liver - this is known is glycogen. To keep your blood sugar levels steady overnight, your body slowly releases glucose from your glycogen supplies.
In the morning, after you have gone without food for as long as 10 or more hours your glycogen supplies are low. Once all of the energy from your glycogen supplies are used up, your body starts to break down fatty acids to produce the energy it needs. Without carbohydrate, fatty acids are only partially oxidised, which can cause reduced energy levels.
Eating breakfast restores your glycogen supplies and in turn, boosts your energy levels, as well as your metabolism for the day. This makes it easier for you to concentrate and function as the morning progresses.
Breakfast foods are also good sources of essential nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. Research shows that if these nutrients are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. Plus, if you skip breakfast you’re more likely to crave (and succumb to) high fat and high sugar snacks mid morning - not ideal for the old waistline!
How can you make breakfast happen in amongst the morning madness?
First things first, grab your favourite Wildbag, your new breakfast buddy. Wildbag obviously has the protein element down, but did you know that the superfoods that are added to Wildbag also include calcium, iron and B vitamins - winning much?!
If your willpower allows, get up 10 - 15 minutes earlier and whip up a delicious breakfast smoothie. Smoothies are great because you can sip on them as you get ready, or have them on the go. We love this delicious summer coconut smoothie - perfect as the weather warms up.
Don’t want to get up 10 - 15 minutes earlier? No problem! You could whip that smoothie up the night before and pop it in the fridge, or make yourself some overnight oats. Vanilla protein oats are a favourite of ours: mix oats, almond milk and Wildbag Vanilla Superfood Protein in a container. Sprinkle some cinnamon and blueberries over the top and leave in the fridge overnight - best breakfast ever!
Hopefully breakfast will become your new best friend - I sure am a fan. At the very least, your brain, body and metabolism will thank you for it.