The benefits of breakfast are becoming hard to dispute. Yes, Mom was right, and that’s why on this Mother’s Day, we’re serving mom breakfast in bed!
The benefits of breakfast are becoming hard to dispute, study after study show that breakfast really might be the most important meal of the day. Yes, Mom was right, and that’s why on this Mother’s Day, we’re serving mom breakfast in bed!
Contrary to what many of us think, we generally don't eat much protein for breakfast. The average breakfast is usually rich in carbohydrates and includes a bagel, muffin or cereal, which at most, weighs in at about 10 grams of protein. Protein is critical for maintaining muscle mass, among other things, as proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. They are constantly being broken down, and thus we must replace them through the foods we eat. Protein also helps keep us feeling satisfied longer and our blood sugar more stable – so that we’re not hungry soon after breakfast with no ability to concentrate.
Starting off the day with a solid protein rich breakfast is key. Some great choices include plain yogurt with (low sugar) granola or cereal, a veggie omelet with whole grain toast, a plain yogurt based fresh or frozen fruit smoothie along side eggs. Melting cheese atop a whole grain bagel, English muffin or toast is also a protein rich option. Seed and nut butters like almond, peanut, and sunflower are not only protein rich, but rich in essential minerals and healthy fats as well; slice banana or strawberries on top. Nut and seed butters are extremely versatile and can even be mixed in with oatmeal to increase the nutrition content of this already nutritious breakfast choice.
What to serve to drink? Make mom some tea and help her stay hydrated and beautiful from the inside out! Green tea is a great choice, as it’s is rich in antioxidants that work to decrease inflammation and protect cell membranes. Some studies have demonstrated that tea may also reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light. As the weather warms up, mom will be thankful!