According to the CDC, those who eat breakfast are more likely to meet their recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals compared to those who do not eat breakfast.

Breakfast…the Key to a Great Day?🤔

Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Why? Skipping breakfast and not eating for a long time period, leads to your body entering a fasting state. Once in a fasting state, your body starts functioning as if it’s not going to eat again for quite a while. This means when you do finally eat, your body will store all of the fat you consumed, to try and prepare for the next fast your body is expecting to happen. This storing of fat can lead to your metabolism slowing down, weight gain, and increased risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

When you do eat breakfast, you break your overnight fast, hence the term “break…fast”. When you break this fast early on, your body will utilize the fats you consumed and use them for energy throughout the day. This energy is used to keep you active and to help keep your metabolism working hard.

Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Ideas 🥯

Family Breakfast

It’s important, especially for those with diabetes to eat breakfast every day.

Evidence has shown that eating a healthy breakfast can help maintain your sugar levels throughout the day, and avoid hypoglycemia or lows in the morning. Some common breakfast foods, like pancakes with butter and syrup, may not be the best breakfast choice for those with diabetes, as these are higher in carbohydrates and will quickly raise your sugars. A breakfast low in calories and carbs, and high in protein and fiber will ensure you will have plenty of energy for the day ahead.

Here are just a few breakfast recipes from the American Diabetes Association. Check them out!

Summary Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Eating a good breakfast sets you up for a good day by giving you lots of energy and more. Skipping breakfast can increase your risk for quite a few diseases, slow your metabolism, and can cause hypoglycemia. You want to make sure to eat a healthy breakfast, full of protein and fiber. Check out some of the great recipes and start enjoying your breakfast!

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