Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness Lindsay Guinaugh | 6 years ago

Breakfast: To Skip or Not to Skip?

Commonly referred to as the important meal of the day, breakfast sometimes takes a backseat due to a desire to lose weight. But whether you want to lose weight or not, most experts agree that skipping breakfast is never a good idea.

While it’s important to stay within your recommended number of calories each day, it is equally important to distribute these calories throughout the day. So if you're skipping breakfast to reduce your caloric intake, you're actually depriving your body of energy it needs.
“Achieving a healthy weight is not dependent on one thing; it is a much layered process,” said Michael Slomba, RD, LDN, with Carolinas Weight Management, part of Carolinas HealthCare System. “Skipping breakfast, or any other meal, should be avoided when you are trying to lose weight.”
It’s what you put in your mouth that really matters. A big bowl of sugary cereal and sugar-added juice.) Generally, it’s a good idea to consider eating a breakfast rich in protein. This will help reduce cravings and hunger so you’ll be more in control when lunch rolls around. Take cues from your body. Don’t force yourself to eat if it makes you sick first thing in the morning. Figure out what’s best for you and your weight-loss goals. According to Slomba, most of the people who have maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds for one year or longer eat breakfast every day. Not sure what to make for breakfast? Here's a healthy, protein-packed recipe with a kick:

Buffalo Chicken Egg Mug

Ingredients: 3/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute 1 tsp dried minced onion 2 oz cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast 1/2 tbsp hot sauce ( like Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce) 1 tsp light blue cheese dressing 1/2 tsp reduced-fat parmesan cheese Directions: In a large microwave-safe mug sprayed with nonstick cooking spray: microwave egg substitute, and minced onion for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in chicken. Microwave for 1 minute or until set. Top with hot sauce, blue cheese dressing and Parm-style topping. Nutrition Info: 180 Calories, 2.25g fat, 801mg Sodium, 6g Carbs, 0g Fiber, 2g sugars, 33g Protein Recipe source: