Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a good reason: a balanced, healthy breakfast gives your body the sustained energy it needs to move, think and survive the huge mental and physical demands placed on it. Unfortunately, too many people eat an unhealthy, inadequate breakfast or skip it altogether. Here’s why that is a bad idea.
The key to preventing low blood sugar, metabolic syndrome and diabetes is balanced eating, regular exercise, and proper rest and recreation. There are some foods and spices that are particularly good for balancing blood sugar. The minerals chromium and magnesium are both essential for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Good sources are organic black-strap molasses, toasted wheat germ, and brewer’s yeast. Foods rich in zinc are also important. Good zinc sources are wheat germ and omega-3-rich pumpkin seeds.
Many people need to prepare breakfast quickly and even eat on the run. Too often, that leads to skipping the most important meal of the day or settling for a high-sugar, high-carb option, neither of which will help balance your blood sugar. What’s the solution? Here are three even options.
1) Omega –3-enriched eggs, High fiber whole grain toast with a touch of fruit jam, green tea, and a half of an orange or grapefruit.
2) Low-fat, low sugar (preferably no sugar), whole grain cereal, rice milk, and a sprinkle of nuts, seeds, and/or berries.
3) A healthy breakfast shake– 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 1 cup of green tea, flax or pumpkin seed, whey protein, and 1/4 cup of frozen berries.