As we venture closer to the spring, we find ourselves in March, which celebrates National Nutrition Month. There’s no better way to kick off this month than having March’s first official week as, National School Breakfast Week. Two of the main components of nutrition are diet and exercise, and today we’ll focus on the former. When it comes to your diet, one of the most important meals is the first one of the day – breakfast – and not just for kids in school, breakfast is important for everyone. Making a concerted effort to eat a healthy breakfast is a great nutrition practice, providing long term benefits to keep your body healthy.

Research shows how important it is to put the time and effort into eating a morning meal. Not only does it help get you moving and may power you through a tough morning, but it may provide a mental edge and even help maintain a healthier weight.

While many people unfortunately skip out on breakfast, Today’s Dietician (TD) reminds us that our bodies love breakfast, even if we mentally don’t think we need it. TD provided a few long-term benefits that come with consuming a healthy breakfast:

  1. Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
  2. Boosts energy and metabolism
  3. Assists with weight loss
  4. Contributes to a healthier diet
  5. Helps with brain development and memory retention
  6. Leads to a happier mood

Authority Nutrition also provided the 12 best breakfast foods, including some of the following:

  • Eggs
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Berries
  • Chia Seeds
  • Oatmeal

As long as your choices have healthy doses of vitamins and proteins, you’re good to go. It’s true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So for the rest of the year, but especially this week, make sure you get to work or school with a stomach full from eating a healthy breakfast.