Health Habit of the Week: Most important meal of the day

Q. Everyone always says breakfast is so important, why is that?

A. When people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they are spot-on. Eating enough for your first meal is important for both mental and physical health, and for your well being. Making sure you eat right to start your day will let you run at your best as soon as your day begins.

To eat a healthy breakfast, you should always keep in mind adequate servings of grains, dairy, fruit and meat/meat substitutes as recommended by the Canadian Food Guide. Breakfast gives you more energy, helps you feel full, and actually helps you maintain a healthy body weight. Your body will become accustomed to getting regular calories, and will be less inclined to store everything you eat as body fat, in turn providing a boost to your metabolism.

In need of a quick healthy breakfast? Here are a few ideas: a serving of yogurt and berries; whole grain cereal with skim milk and a banana; egg whites, whole grain toast, and a piece of fruit.

Enjoy your breakfast and get your day started off right.

Submitted by Kyle Robertson