Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Conventional wisdom tells us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We know not to skip breakfast, but why?

In addition to starting your day off right, there are legitimate health reasons to make sure we refuel in the morning.  New guidelines released by U.S. doctors now state that planning meals and snacks in advance and eating breakfast every day may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

By eating more of our daily calories earlier and consuming less at night, this may help to reduce the odds of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac or blood vessel disease, according to the scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Before you grab a donut or pastry, studies show that eating a healthy breakfast with whole grains, lean protein, fruits & veggies and low-fat dairy supports heart health and overall weight management. 

Planning ahead for a nutritious breakfast is key. When it is time to rush out the door, have something healthy at the ready with some of these make-ahead recipes.

Fig, Applesauce and Almond Breakfast Loaf

Avo-Tahini Toast

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Egg and Toast Cups

Frozen Breakfast Parfait Pops

Quick Breakfast Burritos