You’ve probably heard it said, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Yet, nearly half of all Americans skip it at least one day per week. One of the top excuses for skipping the morning meal is lack of time. If you fall into this category more often than you’d like to admit, here are some reasons why breakfast is important – perhaps a little nudge to push you toward a more regular breakfast routine…

  • Research indicates that regular breakfast eaters tend to be more successful at losing or maintaining weight, possibly because breakfast jump-starts the metabolism after the overnight fast.
  • Regular breakfast eaters often have healthier diets overall, with research pointing to a correlation between breakfast consumption and higher intakes of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Breakfast foods are often nutrient-rich (think whole grains, fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk and yogurt) – that is, of course, if you forgo the donut for something a bit more nutritionally sound.
  • Studies indicate that eating breakfast may improve memory, concentration, cognition and mood; after all, most of us get grouchy – or downright angry – when our stomach is rumbling (they call it “hangry”).

When it comes to athletic performance, breakfast is crucial in helping your body meet the additional calorie and nutrient needs of activity. Fuel up with breakfast every day and set the tone for athletic success.

There’s so much potential when it comes to breakfast. Whether you’re looking to improve performance, jump start your metabolism or boost your mood, here are some quick and easy ideas…

  • Try these savory Morning Power Muffins – great for on-the-go.
  • This Creamy Harvest Oatmeal recipe features chopped apples and walnuts topped with vanilla yogurt.
  • Pair your morning latte with these Panther Energy Bars from Sports Dietitian Leslie Bonci.
  • If smoothies are your thing, make your favorite fruit and vegetable Smoothie and enjoy it with whole-grain toast.
  • Need something easy before you run out the door? Try apple and cheese slices between whole-grain toast or a hard cooked egg, string cheese and a cup of pink grapefruit.
  • If thinking about having to get “creative” with breakfast first thing in the morning makes you want to skip breakfast altogether, the ole standby, whole grain cereal topped with milk and banana slices, ought to do the trick.
  • If more time allows, try these Blackberry Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes and make a double batch for freezing and enjoying later.

Athletes can train harder and perform better with proper nutrition. Visit the Western Dairy Association website to read more about milk as an exercise recovery beverage and learn how to eat for peak athletic performance.

*All information associated with the Western Dairy Association “Nutriton Corner” is sponsored by Western Dairy Association as a partnership with University of Denver Athletics & Recreation, and not provided by trainers or staff of the Coors Fitness Center.