And how eating breakfast can help get you a better night’s sleep
Are you a “Breakfastarian” – someone who craves breakfast food morning, noon and night? Since September is National Breakfast Month, we think it’s time to celebrate this movement – and share the honest to goodness truth about the breakfast/sleep connection.
Some researchers believe a healthy breakfast can help regulate the almighty circadian clock, suggesting breakfast sends a clear signal to your body that it’s time to get up and get moving. They even suggest that the first meal of the day can help you overcome jet lag, a stressful work schedule, and inconsistent sleep patterns.
These researchers are singing our gospel. You too?
Keep reading for the best times to eat and why. And tune into our SleepBlog lots this month because we’ll be sharing a whole slew of new and delish breakfast recipes.
What to eat for breakfast – within 2 hours of waking
According to a study in Circulation, an American Heart Association publication, people who skip breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from heart disease. Apparently skipping breakfast can make you hungrier, which leads to larger meals and blood sugar spikes – not so great for your heart.
These delish breakfast recipes will satisfy your tummy and heart.
- Make-ahead oatmeal in a jar
- Salsa, black bean & avocado omelet
- Green tea, blueberry & banana smoothie
What to eat for breakfast at lunch – midday
In many European countries, the largest meal of the day is at lunch, which fuels you up before the heavy lifting of the day. If you ignored our advice to have breakfast in the morning, these lunch/breakfast ideas should get your engine firing.
What to eat for breakfast at dinner – at least 2 hours before bedtime
A big, delicious dinner leaves you pushing back from the table, loosening your belt and dreaming about bedtime. Nice on Thanksgiving but deadly for the rest of the year. So what can you eat at night that won’t kill your diet? Start with the recipes below and then it’s bon appetite and sweet dreams all at once!
The mystery and magic of breakfast for a healthy life
If you’re like us, breakfast food may be one of the true and delightful pleasures of this world you just can’t get enough of. But maybe taste-bud-preferences aren’t the only thing nudging this Breakfastarian movement.
“If you go to Europe and places where there is not as much obesity as the rest of the world, people eat very late and they’re not necessarily overweight,” Judy Caplan, a registered dietitian nutritionist for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics told Time.com. “That’s because they are walking everywhere and they are typically not eating a huge and heavy meal,” Instead, it may be avocado and toast with a side of soup.”
Ready to join the Breakfastarian movement? Us to. Visit us often this month and let’s get our delish on together!