Got a problem? Your BREAKFAST can solve it! Studies show that a whopping 25 percent of us don't eat in the morning, but having breakfast can fix everything from a midday slump to a lack of concentration! So here's what to eat if you want to start your day off right. Courtesy of Quick and Simple Magazine.
- Let's say you always fall victim to the "midday slump". You have energy all morning, but your pep peters out by lunchtime. What's the fix? Have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Oats are an excellent source of fiber, which plays an important role in fighting energy loss. That's the word from Dr. Michael Schmidt, author of Brain-Building Nutrition. Eating fiber also helps prevent spikes in your blood sugar, which can also affect your alertness. And sprinkle a handful of almonds on your oatmeal - they're high in magnesium, which helps regulate your energy levels.
- If you have trouble concentrating at work or during class. Can breakfast fix this problem? You bet! Here's what to eat: A plate of scrambled eggs. They're a great source of a chemical that helps your brain store and recall information. Also, have some blueberries with your eggs - they're high in antioxidants, which help preserve memory function.
- If you eat breakfast, but your stomach starts growling an hour later. You need to eat more protein. Since protein helps you feel full, adding it to your breakfast will help you resist that bear claw in the break room. So smear a spoonful of peanut butter on your whole grain toast, or have some cottage cheese with your fruit.
- So let's review: Have oatmeal and almonds for breakfast to ward off a midday slump, eat eggs and blueberries to boost concentration, and eat protein-rich peanut butter or cottage cheese so your stomach won't growl later.