Thinking about skipping breakfast? Think again. Here are just a few of the reasons why breakfast is the most important meal of the day:

1. Breakfast boosts your brain.

Beginning your day with a balanced breakfast can improve both memory and concentration levels. Breakfast is especially important for growing children, as it improves their ability to complete schoolwork.  Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast before school are more likely to receive better grades and behave better in the classroom. Make this school year the best one yet by making breakfast a priority every morning.

2. Breakfast helps with maintaining a healthy weight.

Making a healthy breakfast a part of your morning routine can help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss. Skipping breakfast can cause poor food choices and heavy snacking throughout the day due to excess hunger. A larger breakfast is healthier in comparison to a larger dinner because the fats and calories from breakfast are used to energize you throughout the entire day. You are more likely to burn off your morning’s breakfast compared to a late dinner or midnight snack before bed.

3. Breakfast can protect your health.

Studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that those who skipped breakfast had a stronger chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease compared to those who did not skip it. The reason for these results is not clearly known; however, it is believed that it could be because breakfast skippers tend to overeat unhealthy foods throughout the day.

4. Breakfast boosts your mood.

A nutritious breakfast can defeat the “morning slump” we have all experienced. Studies have shown that a person who eats a healthy, moderate breakfast is more likely to have a more positive mood and even feel calmer during the a.m.

Now that you know the importance of eating a balance breakfast, it is time to rise and dine! Make the most of your morning and your entire day.