Get Healthy – Stay Healthy #19: Eat Breakfast

Healthy Habits

Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.

Are you a breakfast eater or skipper?

I’m not going to lie: I skip more breakfasts than I eat. Why?

It’s not because I don’t know better.

I have seen enough research to know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

It’s not because I don’t like breakfast foods.

I cook breakfast for dinner at least once a week.

It’s because I can’t stomach eating early in the morning. Why?

I workout first thing in the morning and my system just isn’t ready for food right after.

I take medication that requires me to wait one hour before eating. By the time the hour is up, I’m already involved in projects and I don’t want to stop to eat.

I’ve skipped breakfast for so many years, that my metabolism is just used to skipping breakfast.

And the last reason why I don’t eat breakfast (that I’m not proud of), I skip breakfast as a way to keep my weight down.

Well, what better month than this month to recommit to eating a healthy breakfast every day. Why?

Because eating breakfast:

  • Decreases a woman’s risk of getting diabetes.
  • Lowers the incidence of heart disease (aka heart attacks and strokes).
  • Improves cognitive function related to memory.
  • Helps in losing weight when breakfast is the biggest meal of the day.

In keeping with eating more superfoods, I found this great tasting, and easy to make Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa Breakfast Parfait thanks to Simply Quinoa. Because I make it the night before, there is no excuse of not having something tasty and healthy available for breakfast – even on the go.

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup almond pulp (leftover from making almond milk)

4 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a jar. Refrigerate overnight.206

Divide between two serving dishes. Garnish with extra almonds before eating. Enjoy.221

Eating breakfast later in the morning, along with smaller, healthy meals during the day, is exactly what I need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. How about you?

#19 Stay Healthy and Be Healthy: Eat Breakfast

There’s lots of research that shows that eating a healthy breakfast decreases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, improves memory, and helps in weight loss.