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Why eating breakfast is so important (and 5 recipes to try now!)

Start your day off right with a healthy, balanced breakfast.

There's a reason the experts call it the "most important meal of the day."

Breakfast, the first meal people are meant to eat to kickstart their day, is often overlooked and replaced by stimulants, such as coffee. While caffeine can certainly trick your body into thinking you're awake and alert, it does not provide you with the vital nutrients you need to sustain those energy levels. Oh, and coffee has got nothing on real food when it comes to supporting a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

So, if breakfast is so much better than coffee and caffeinated beverages, why do so many people neglect it?

For starters, people claim not to have the "time" to worry about breakfast. Whether they're busy getting ready for work, taking their pets out for a morning potty break, or ensuring their children are prepared for school, people truly struggle to find time to prepare a hearty breakfast before their day officially starts.

While this type of excuse is more than understandable (who couldn't use a few extra minutes every morning, right?), it doesn't make the facts any less true: skipping out on breakfast will deprive you of essential macros, vitamins, and nutrients your body needs for peak mental and physical performance. Here are just a few of the things you're missing out on when you pass on the day's "most important meal."

A chance to lose weight. Wait, adding more calories to my diet can help me lose weight? That's right, and the reasons why aren't very surprising. When you skip breakfast, your body's blood sugar levels are stuck in a low state for the entire morning. This makes you more susceptible to sugar cravings and insulin spikes, both of which eventually result in weight gain. If you're currently a breakfast-skipper, getting some food in your system right when you wake up will help balance out your blood sugar levels, jumpstarting your metabolism to help you burn more calories.

Increased levels of energy. Your blood sugar levels don't just impact your weight. When your blood sugar levels are low, your body aches for fuel (hence the bad cravings you inevitably succumb to), and when you don't give it what it needs, your muscles and organs – including your brain – do not function at a high capacity. The result is not only inefficient for day-to-day desk jobs but can even be dangerous for those who have careers working in factories and driving on main roads.

A longer life. To live to see your grandkids grow old, you need to feed your body essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Taking a multi-vitamin supplement helps, but a supplement is meant to supplement a healthy diet. You can't rely on a pill to fix nutritional deficiencies. Breakfast, however, presents a great opportunity for those who struggle to eat well because many of the most popular menu items include fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats and proteins.

It is important to note that while almost any breakfast is better than nothing at all, a healthy, balanced breakfast is going to give your body the best bang for its buck (scrapple, bacon, sausage, and cheesy eggs every morning isn't exactly what we're looking for here). But just because it should be healthy doesn't mean it can't be quick and tasty, too!

If you're one of the many people who struggle to find time to make a healthy breakfast every morning, try one of these five quick and healthy breakfast recipes to kick your morning energy levels into high gear!

1.The Best Breakfast Smoothie. This smoothie has everything you need to get your day started – protein, healthy fats, whole grains, antioxidants, and more. And if you want to get really fancy, throw in a scoop of whey protein powder (vanilla) or even a handful of spinach or kale!

2.Overnight Oats. Do you like oatmeal? Then this is the overnight meal for you (and yes, overnight means that you simply prep this baby in the evening, stick it in your refrigerator, and pull it out before you leave for work the next morning with no additional work required!).

3.Healthy Egg Muffin Cups. If you're looking to cut back on the calories, this breakfast option is the perfect way to do so while still loading up on essential macro and micronutrients! And the best part is that this recipe makes twelve muffins, enough for you and your significant other to have a week's worth of breakfast ready in just 30 microwavable seconds every morning!

4.Sun Butter, Banana, and Chai Seed Toast. Everyone likes a good piece of toast, right? Well, this morning breakfast recipe is quick, healthy, and totally delicious! Try using Dave's Killer Bread as your toasting platform for the ultimate health benefits.

5.Healthy Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches. Gone are the days of needing 15-45 minutes every morning to prep a good breakfast sandwich. Now, you can simply prep them in bulk, freeze them, and microwave in the morning, making the entire process last no longer than two minutes!

Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we'll bring you information about the "Cause of the Month," including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. March is "National Nutrition Month."

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