PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — If you are like most people, while growing up, you were probably told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This long-standing advice has withstood common food and nutritional misconceptions, diet myths, and lifestyle changes. And while countless studies and experts alike agree on the advantages, the benefits of breakfast remain a source of considerable debate. If you are among the many skeptics who question whether that first meal of the day is still beneficial, especially in our fast-paced lifestyle, you’re in for a treat.
When it comes to the importance of breakfast, Prairie View A&M Nutrition professor Jaki Sanders dispels all doubt. “Breakfast is like your jumpstart to make sure your body is getting a proper kick-off.” Sanders added, “breakfast provides balance for the day, and allows you to avoid overeating at lunch and dinner.” Regardless of one’s busy schedule, Sanders insisted, you can easily add breakfast to your daily routine. Here’s how;
Tri-Ag: What if I’m not a morning person, and my time is limited?
Sanders: Several quick options don’t require a lot of prep time. Combine some carb and protein, grab some fruit, something that will stabilize sugar, but provide fuel.
Tri-Ag: How far in advance can I fix meals?
Sanders: Meal preps work well because everything is ready to go. Some foods are sustainable for up to a week.
Tri-Ag: I am not a breakfast person, what can I substitute in its place?
Sanders: If you don’t eat breakfast, pick up snacks to eat throughout the day; fruit, veggies, nuts, even Trail Mix. The key is, make sure it’s beneficial to your health.
Here’s additional food for thought, Sanders said, “Breakfast is that all-important meal, it builds the foundation for the rest of your day. Whatever you consume, make sure it will provide a good source of energy for your body.”
–Prairie View A&M