Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a night of not eating, your stomach is empty and your blood glucose levels are low. This means that you are probably low on energy, and that’s not a good way to start the day. A cup of coffee will give you a lift but won’t do anything to ward of those mid-morning hunger pangs if you skip breakfast.
Many people break their fast by eating cereal but, in most cases, breakfast cereals are terribly unhealthy. Almost all breakfast cereals are high in gluten which, if you read my article Is gluten bad for you? you’ll as something that most people need to eat less of anyway.
Most are made from refined grains and sugar so they give you instant energy but leave you feeling hungry and tired just an hour or two later. Oatmeal and eggs are a much better breakfast choice but, if you are in a rush in the morning, this might not be practical.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to start your day is to eat fruit. Fruit is the ultimate breakfast food for several reasons.
- Convenience – all you need to do is wash or peel your fruit and it’s ready to go. It literally takes no more than a minute or two to prepare and eat. You can even eat it as you drive to work, walk to catch the subway, or while you are on the bus if you don’t have time to eat it at home.
- Natural sugar – fruit is very high in fructose, a natural sugar. Unlike refined sugar, fructose gives you energy without a huge crash soon afterward. It also keeps you feeling energized for hours rather than minutes.
Learn about the differences between added sugar and natural sugar here. Why too much sugar is not good for us explained in my article Too much sugar.
- A high number of nutrients – fruit contains lots and lots of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are crucial to your health. A lot of people take vitamin and mineral supplements to boost their health but, if you eat plenty of fruit, you really don’t need to.
- High in fiber – fiber is another crucial nutrient. It’s good for your digestive system and helps keep your bowels working properly. It’s also filling, despite containing no calories, and that can help prevent mid-morning hunger pangs and sugar cravings.
- Refreshing and light – fruit is high in water, and that makes is refreshing and hydrating. Even if you aren’t much of a breakfast person, you should still find you can eat fruit first thing in the morning because it’s so light and easy on your stomach.
- Endless variety – if you think about it, you’ll probably be able to find a fruit or two for almost every letter of the alphabet. There is certainly no need to limit yourself to apples, oranges, and bananas! With so much variety available, you can make your breakfast fun and exciting by seeking out new and unusual fruit to eat.
- Availability – you can buy fruit very easily. Every supermarket sells it, and you can often buy it in convenience stores. There are even vending machines for fruit. If you put it in the fridge, it will stay fresh for several days, so you can buy a few pieces of fruit and then grab them as you head out the door to work. If you run out of fruit, you should have no problem finding some to eat on your journey.
- Portability – fruit is the ultimate grab and go food. Most are self-contained so you can just toss them into your work or gym bag and take them wherever you go. You can also get fruit-shaped protective boxes to keep your food even safer; I have a banana-shaped travel box I use to keep my bananas free from bruises. Find these nice and funny banana box, at amazon.com, to transport and protect your bananas.
Since I started eating fruit for breakfast, I have found I feel healthier, fuller, and more energetic. I don’t get mid-morning hunger pangs, and I am more productive at work. I really think that fruit is one of the best ways to start your day, and I won’t be changing my breakfast routine anytime soon!