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Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

These days, everything seems a little up in the air with a fair amount of uncertainty.  If there’s anything that will help keep our spirits up each day though, it’s taking care of our bodies both mentally and physically, starting with breakfast.

We’ve heard it time and time again — breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you know that 45% of Americans actually skip breakfast? Excuses like, “It takes too much time,” or, “I’m not hungry,” seem to be the main reasons why people pass up a morning meal. But if you think about it, the average adult needs a minimum of 7-9 hours of sleep per night. When you wake up in the morning, your body has gone without food for quite some time, and eating a good breakfast is essential to “break the night’s fast” and get your body the fuel it needs for the day ahead. At Kodiak Cakes, we believe that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, and here’s why.

The Benefits of Breakfast

  • A healthy and balanced breakfast will replenish low blood sugar levels after a long night’s sleep and give you the energy you need to jumpstart your day.
  • Breakfast improves focus and concentration, which in turn will help you succeed at work and your kids in school.
  • Some people skip breakfast with hopes that it will help them lose weight. In reality, eating a good breakfast revs up your metabolism so you can burn more calories. It also prevents overeating later in the day.
  • According to the pros over at Healthline, breakfast is important for good heart health. It can also help reduce the risk of other health complications like Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity later in life.

Breakfast Hacks

What you eat for breakfast is just as important as eating breakfast. For example, a sugary donut will not give your body the nourishment it needs to take on the day’s adventures. However, a breakfast high in whole grains, protein, and fiber has proven to bolster the benefits we talked about above. Here are three breakfast hacks to help you fit a wholesome breakfast into your busy schedule every day:

Prep the Night Before

If you find yourself using the excuse to skip breakfast because it takes too long, this breakfast hack is for you. Making breakfast at night won’t change a thing about your morning routine other than actually eating breakfast. Our Overnight Oats recipe is a great solution that only takes five minutes to assemble before refrigerating overnight. The ingredients are flexible, too. If you don’t have almond milk, try using whatever milk you have on hand. Allergic to nuts? Sub in your favorite nut-free granola or simply omit them.

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Wake Up Earlier

Setting your alarm just ten to twenty minutes earlier can make a big difference in helping you fit in a solid breakfast before you start your day. A bowl of whole-grain cereal, a yogurt parfait, or a stack of flapjacks or waffles don’t take very long to make and will fuel your body with the energy it needs to take on the morning. You can find several delicious breakfast recipes on our website to help mix up your breakfast routine.

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Eat On The Road

While eating on the go isn’t ideal, sometimes it’s your only option. That’s why we created products like our Kodiak Cups. All you need is a minute to spare and a microwave for a quick breakfast packed with whole grains and protein. Don’t have a Kodiak Cup on hand? While it may take a little longer to make, check out How to Make a Mug Cake on our blog.

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Takeaway: Don’t Skip Breakfast!

We get it, life is busy. Don’t let it get in the way of your health and well-being though. During times like these, when we all have a little bit more time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to get in the habit of eating breakfast every day. Do you have any more breakfast tips to add to our list? Share them with us on social media by tagging @kodiakcakes!

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