The Importance of Breakfast
Breakfast is important for performance and health. It is an early-morning refueling stop for your body. After 8-12 hours without a meal or snack, your body needs to be replenished with fuel and fluid.
Here are some facts about the importance of eating breakfast:
- Breakfast is a refueling stop for your body - replenish glucose (blood sugar levels) and fluid.
- Breakfast eaters tend to have more strength and endurance.
- Breakfast improves alertness, concentration, mental performance, motivation and memory.
- Breakfast can benefit an athlete's mood.
- Breakfast decreases the chances of inappropriate snacking, which can result in a higher intake of fat and therefore weight gain.
- Breakfast provides a jump start to your daily requirements of fluid, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
- Breakfast sustains you through training and decreases the ravenous hunger feeling you may experience during the day.
- Breakfast eaters make better food choices during the rest of the day.
Here are some great options to include breakfast into your daily eating program:
- Whole-grain cereal with fruit and milk/yogurt.
- Waffles with peanut butter and a fruit smoothie.
- Oatmeal made with milk and dried fruit/nuts.
- Eggs (not fried) and toast; 1 to 2 ratio; with fruit
- Smoothie with milk, fruit, yogurt, honey, oats, ground flax, peanut butter, etc.
- Pancakes with fruit, maple syrup and a glass of milk.
- Bagel with peanut butter, small fruit smoothie.
- English muffins topped with melted cheese and tomato.
- Omelet made with vegetables.
Courtesy of the United States Olympic Committee