Mornings at my house are hectic, that’s for sure! Since Chris works the night shift, he is getting home when Aidan is waking up. It’s like clockwork, really. I have to lug my big pregnant belly out of bed, get Aidan changed for the day and head to the kitchen to get breakfast for both of us ready. Sometimes I am tempted to skip breakfast entirely and just hit the road, dropping him off at school and getting on with my day. While this might sound like an easy way out, I know it’s not an option for my family. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many reasons.
5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Breakfast
- Weight Loss: Studies have shown that people who enjoy a high protein breakfast felt fuller during the day and ate fewer high-calorie meals and snacks. Skipping meals causes your body to go into starvation mode, storing your fat in reserves and not allowing you to shed the weight that you want to lose.
- Nutrient Intake: You only have so many opportunities in your day to cram in the nutrients your body needs. By eating breakfast, your body has one extra opportunity to absorb the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs for daily energy.
- Mood Control: Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast in the morning are less irritable during the day compared with those who skip that important first meal. I know I’m grouchy when I’m hungry!
- Set A Good Example: It is easy to skip a meal when you are busy raising a family. Unfortunately, this can backfire. Not only will you be hungry and most likely irritable, but you are also setting a poor example for children who are watching and learning from your examples.
- Bump Your Metabolism: Starting your day off with breakfast wakes up your metabolism. It lets your body know that you are ready to go and you have the fuel to burn. Your metabolism will increase, therefore allowing you to burn the calories that you might be looking to burn, as in reason number 1 above.
Since breakfast is an important way to start the day, we normally skip the high sugar cereals and fat loaded bacon, though we do occasionally indulge! I normally prepare the high protein, low fat foods that both Aidan and I enjoy. Our mornings might be hectic, but that doesn’t mean I need to sacrifice on flavor, either! Peanut butter is a pantry staple in our home. It’s an all day, everyday food that most don’t think to incorporate Peanut Butter for Breakfast. Since Aidan was a preemie, we use as much peanut butter as we can during breakfast. Peanut butter spread on pancakes and waffles, mixed in oatmeal or just by the spoonful. It gives him all of the great protein and fiber that he needs, as well as the fat his little body needs to grow. Since the month of September is Better Breakfast Month, the National Peanut Board wants us to know that incorporating peanut butter into our breakfast is a NUT-ritious and delicious way to start the day! It is also a very budget-friendly ingredient for morning meals, costing just around 16 cents per ounce.
All of this talk about peanut butter inspired me to make a nutritious breakfast recipe of my own, Peanut Butter Granola! I have a household of granola eaters, so this recipe is always a hit! Serve it over plain Greek Yogurt or over a bowl of oatmeal for an extra flavorful punch.
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Peanut Butter Granola Recipe
- 2 cups oats
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 Tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- Heat peanut butter in microwave for 20 seconds to make creamy.
- Combine all ingredients in large bowl, mixing until well combined.
- Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
- Spread granola over cookie sheet evenly.
- Place in 325 degree oven for 10-14 minutes, tossing halfway though cooking.
- Cool on cookie sheet and enjoy!
What ways will you incorporate peanut butter into your breakfast?