MARILYN ANONA writes: Well, this advice is not going to stop until most of us start eating breakfast.

Most of us have a bad habit of skipping breakfast either because of our busy schedule or because we ignorantly think going without breakfast will make us lose weight. But the truth is, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I advise us to eat it no matter how light. A cup of hot chocolate or tea will do but don’t skip breakfast. For those who are big (fat) who think that by skipping breakfast they will lose weight, you are only trying to make yourself fatter because skipping breakfast gives room for your body to store calories and you tend to over eat during lunch or dinner which will make you gain weight. You are probably tired of hearing about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, this advice is not going to stop until most of us start eating breakfast. I just want to give you few reasons why you should not skip breakfast. 1. Skipping breakfast increases diabetes risk, especially in women. 2. Eating breakfast reduces the incidence of heart diseases especially in men. 3. Skipping breakfast is associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels. 4. Skipping breakfast makes you add weight. 5.Healthy breakfast can lower your cholesterol level. These are few reasons why you should not skip breakfast. There are several other reasons. Bottomline is, skipping breakfast is not a good practice at all. We should stop it in order to help our health. Here are some of the best food you can have as breakfast. 1. Oatmeal: Oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Need another reason to dig in? Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. It takes just about 15minutes to prepare, so having a tight schedule isn’t an excuse. Just avoid the flavoured ones, which can be packed with sugar. Instead, sweeten your bowl with milk and a bit of honey, and top with fruit and nuts. 2. Yogurt: Yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of protein. Its keeps you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: Choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavour. 3. Grapefruit: Trying to lose weight? According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit’s fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Grapefruit is also hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants.
For a well-rounded breakfast, pair it with protein such as yogurt or an egg. 4. Bananas : There’s nothing like a banana at breakfast to keep those mid-morning cravings at bay. The yellow fruit are one of the best sources of resistant starch, a healthy carbohydrate that keeps you feeling fuller longer.
5. Eggs: These incredible edibles have made quite a comeback in recent years. Once shunned for being high in dietary cholesterol (one yolk contains about 60% of your daily allotment), eggs are now embraced as a healthy source of protein and nutrients like vitamin D. Why the turnabout? Research has shown that the cholesterol in our food has less of an impact on blood cholesterol than previously thought.
6. Watermelon: As its name suggests, watermelon is an excellent way to hydrate in the morning. What’s less well known is this juicy fruit is among the best sources of lycopene, a nutrient found in red fruits and vegetables that’s important for vision, heart health, and cancer prevention.
7. Coffee: That espresso doesn’t just wake you up. Coffee drinking has been linked to a lower risk of several diseases (such as diabetes and prostate cancer), and it may even help you live longer. Researchers suspect the combination of caffeine and antioxidants are responsible for many of the observed health benefits. (A 2005 study found that coffee is the number-one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, believe it or not.)
Of course, loading coffee up with cream and sugar may erase any potential benefits. So skip the fancy flavored drinks, and stick with skim milk.
8. Tea: Not a coffee person? Tea has a pretty impressive résumé of health benefits, too. Because it has less caffeine, it hydrates you more effectively than coffee, and it’s also a rich source of the immunity-boosting antioxidants known as catechins.
All tea (black, green, or white) provides antioxidants, but green tea may be healthiest of all. Research suggests that drinking five cups a day can increase your body’s metabolism and help you lose more weight around the middle.
9. Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice, which helps limit bacterial growth, is best known for warding off urinary tract infections (UTIs), but its healing powers may not stop there. The tart juice appears to promote cardiovascular health, and preliminary research in petri dishes suggests that compounds in cranberries can even increase the effectiveness of certain ovarian cancer drugs.
10. Cereal: Cereal can be tricky, because there are so many different kinds out there. But your golden morn, corn flakes are that bad. 11. Whole-wheat bread: Carbohydrates are a breakfast mainstay, but the type of carbs you choose can make a big difference in the overall health of your meal. The simple rule to remember is that whole wheat and other whole grains whether they are found in bread, toast, or English muffins contain more fiber and nutrients than their white, refined counterparts.
So I have given you a list of varieties of things you can have for breakfast and most of them are so easy to prepare. Please let’s all start breaking our fast every morning on daily basis. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!



    • Thanks Emeka. Fufu, Garri and their likes are best eaten in the afternoon even rice too. Reason is, they take longer time to digest. Evening meals should be light. Have a nice weekend.

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