BLOG: Time and time again we hear about the value of eating breakfast, including my blog from December. The article focused on finding quick and simple foods that can serve as a wholesome on-the-go meal. I argued that breakfast could be considered as the most important meal of the day. However, the benefits of breakfast do not end when lunchtime begins. In fact, breakfast is so crucial to a healthy lifestyle that I will be discussing it frequently over the next few weeks, beginning with weight control.
It may seem counterintuitive: Eat More, Lose Weight. However, those who regularly eat a morning meal have a significantly lower risk of becoming overweight than those who skip breakfast. The role of breakfast in weight loss appears to be multi-faceted. For one, those who skip breakfast have a tendency to replace calories during the day with mindless snacking or larger, less nutritious meals. Secondly, breakfast kick starts your metabolism. When breakfast is skipped or forgotten, your body continues its overnight fast and does not produce sufficient amounts of the enzymes required for metabolism and weight loss.
A recent study from the National Weight Control Registry found that among individuals who have successfully maintained weight loss, 78% ate breakfast every day. In a more recent study, children who consistently consumed cereal for breakfast had greater intakes of vitamins and minerals, lower daily intakes of fat and cholesterol, and had a significantly lower risk of becoming overweight. This evidence indicates that breakfast is a critical part of maintaining a healthy body weight, however, the nutritional value of your meal is also important.
As a routine morning stop for many local residents, Stewart’s has several choices for a wholesome and healthful breakfast. When it comes to weight control, incorporating lean protein into your meal is important. Protein takes more time to digest than carbohydrates, and therefore keeps your stomach feeling full longer. Eggs, whether hard-boiled, scrambled or served over easy, are one of the best ways to get high-quality protein. Even better are Stewart’s eggs, which are laid locally at Thomas’ Poultry Farm. Because Stewart’s eggs are guaranteed fresh, they are full of more nutrients than the eggs found in most other stores where nutrients can deplete with longer storage time. And since weekday mornings can be hectic, you may try picking up a carton of Stewart’s eggs and hard-boiling them ahead of time.
In the morning you can grab eggs on the way out the door, for a mess-free and nutritious ride to work! Better yet, stop into your local shop on Wednesdays while egg wraps are on special! The options for a healthy and protein-rich breakfast at Stewart’s are not limited to eggs. Dairy products, such as low-fat milk and yogurt, are also excellent sources of protein. My local Stewart’s Shop has a great selection of nutritious cereals that when poured into a bowl of Stewart’s milk, have enough protein to keep me full. If you are pressed for time, make a pit stop into your local Stewart’s for a pint-sized container of Stewart’s milk and an on-the-go cereal cup, or a low-fat fruit and yogurt parfait. Both are fast, easy, and can fit in the cup holder of your car!
Whether you are pressed for time, or just looking to find simple and nutritious selections, Stewart’s truly is your one-stop shop for breakfast. Of course, the benefits of breakfast stretch far beyond just weight control. Check back throughout the month for more information on the benefits found inside your Stewart’s breakfast. Next Up: Breakfast as Brain Food!
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.