Reasons to always make time for breakfast — for you and your kids!

Family having a healthy breakfast
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This is the most ignored meal of the day, yet it is the most important since you are basically fuelling your body for starting the day. A common mistake that many people do is skipping breakfast and later have a heavy lunch to compensate for it. This can never be compensated in fact, lunch needs to be taken in smaller portions than breakfast and should not be heavy. In order to have alert, productive and energy filled morning hours, one has to practice taking and maintaining a healthy breakfast.

Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, your body needs to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep. Your mood and energy can drop by midmorning if you do not eat at least a small morning meal.

Breakfast also can help keep your weight in check. Breakfast kick-starts the body’s metabolism, the process by which the body converts the fuel in food to energy. And when the metabolism gets moving, the body starts burning calories. People who skip on breakfast often consume more calories throughout the day and are more likely to be overweight. That is because someone who skips breakfast is likely to get famished before lunchtime and snack on high-calorie foods or overeat at lunch.

For the early risers, preparing breakfast may seem too time-consuming for the morning. Most people hence opt to go without it or take plain coffee and hit the road. Planning for your breakfast the previous night will ensure that you do not take time making breakfast in the morning. Students who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired. So make time for breakfast — for you and your kids!
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