Breakfast for Busy Moms
Why It’s Important Not to Skip
The alarm goes off and you are rushing around preparing for a busy day ahead, whether you are getting the kids ready for school or just helping them get ready for the day, you are already exhausted – sound familiar?
It’s no wonder so many busy moms end up skipping breakfast and just grabbing an expensive coffee. But there are many reasons why this habit is bad for your health.
Breakfast Provides Many Benefits to Your Health and Wellbeing
If you think about it properly, when you wake up in the morning, your body has had no fuel since your evening meal the night before – potentially 12 hours beforehand – so your body is in starvation. Think about the words – “break” “fast” – literally the meal which breaks the fast you have been on while sleeping. You need the energy to kick-start your system and get your body ready for the day ahead, especially if you have little one.
According to nutritionists, a healthy breakfast should give you around 30% of your daily calorie requirements. It provides us with energy, protein, calcium, iron, fiber and B vitamins which are all needed to get you through the day. If your body doesn’t receive these first thing, studies have shown your body is less effective at taking them on during the rest of the day.
How Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight
If you skip breakfast you are not providing your body with what it needs for energy and you will soon get hungry and are more likely to then reach for high sugar, overly processed snacks, to compensate. People who skip breakfast tend to end up reaching for snacks around 10am, which doesn’t help if you are trying to lose weight.
In terms of time, breakfast really needs to be eaten between 45 minutes and two hours of waking up. This timing gives you the chance to put the needed fuel into your body to make sure your metabolism is balanced throughout the day. It is also the premium time for your body to absorb any of the carbohydrates you consume, which helps balance out your insulin levels.
All of these aspects mean breakfast really sets your body up for the day and can help curb those mid-morning sugar cravings. In a study it was revealed that people who not only ate breakfast, but made it their largest meal, lost almost 18 pounds over a three month period. The other people, who took part in the study, eating the same calories during the day but most of these for their evening meal, lost only around seven pounds. This study was published in Obesity.
Other Health Benefits Beyond Weight Loss
Breakfast brings a large number of health benefits, besides weight loss – providing more reasons why it is really important not to skip this particular meal. Brain Function Studies have proven that children who eat breakfast do better at school as they are better able to concentrate and behave well. If it has this benefit for our children, then it will do the same for us. Breakfast helps to restore the levels of glucose which help with our brain function. This helps to improve memory, concentration and mood and also lowers stress levels. We all know that feeling of anger that rises up through being hungry. Breakfast can help us avoid this. Your kids will appreciate if you avoid being “hangry”.
Breakfast is the first supply of energy your body receives when you wake up, making it part of your daily required calorie intake. A good nutritious breakfast will give you all the energy you need to take you through to lunchtime. If you think about the energy you burn, you need the most in the morning and you need the least in the evening, when you are more likely less active. Make breakfast your energy priority. I realize everyone is unique so this may not be the case for everyone.
Fab Ideas for Quick and Nutritious Breakfasts for Busy Moms
So it’s all very well telling you as a busy mom, why you should eat breakfast, and why it’s good for you, but realistically you probably knew most of those things already and yet, you were still skipping? Knowing you need to eat breakfast, doesn’t mean you suddenly gain time in the morning to start preparing and making amazing morning meals does it? That’s why we have come up with some tips for tasty breakfasts that are super quick.
Bulletproof Style Coffee or Tea
Blending your coffee or tea with butter and MCT as well as adding in collagen powder can give your body the energy to get through to lunch without needing a snack.
The combinations are endless. Switch up the fruit so you don’t get bored. Add some raw cacao powder if you prefer a chocolate smoothie.
Simple Green Smoothie:
- 1 ½ cups dairy free milk
- 2 cups spinach
- ½ avocado
- ½ cup frozen berries
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Dash of cinnamon
Homemade Trail Mix
This can be made ahead of time and eaten on the go. Include healthy ingredients that will curb your hunger pangs and boost your energy. You can add pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, hemp seeds, and almonds. These ingredients are rich in protein, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium. and iron. You can also throw in some goji berries, cocoa nibs or coconut flakes as well.
Fruit and Nuts
Grabbing a piece of fruit along with a handful of nuts can help keep you satisfied until lunch. Or even apple slices with some nut butter.
Breakfast doesn’t have to just be typical breakfast foods. Having leftovers from the night before makes a quick breakfast as well.
For many moms, a busy lifestyle means rushing in the morning and skipping breakfast. This is a common but bad habit to get into. Breakfast can make a big difference to your health and weight. There are many options which are quick and easy to make, from smoothies, to fruit, to leftovers to scrambled eggs, so no more excuses ladies!
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I suffered for years from fatigue, anxiety, depression, hormone issues, digestive issues and just overall not feeling like I felt I should. I thought maybe it was just because I was a mom and my kids had sucked the life out of me. My doctor told me I was just getting older.
I couldn’t accept that this was how I would feel everyday, I wanted to enjoy time with my kids, not dread them asking me to play with them.
Fast forward through many health struggles and now I finally feel like I am in control of my health.
It has been a long journey to get to where I am now but what I have learned is that the basic principles of health, are some of the most important pieces of where I am today. Understanding what your body needs to function at it’s best is one of the most powerful tools, it’s not some fancy, expensive gadget or supplement. It’s the basics that are important! Diet and Lifestyle can make a huge impact on your health and well being.
My mission is to teach other moms how to take back their health, energy and mood naturally. Empowering them to take charge of their own health and well being, as well as raise healthy, happy kids.