Patient EducationNov | 25 | 2019
Breakfast is the first of three important meals you should eat during the day. It can be hard to eat breakfast if you’re busy, but skipping your first meal of the day can affect the rest of your day. Learn the importance of eating breakfast and some breakfast ideas.
Breakfast is important for many reasons:
If you don’t eat breakfast, you might gain extra weight. This is because eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism (how your body breaks down food to use as energy). When you skip breakfast, your metabolism slows down.
You should eat foods that are high in protein for breakfast. Protein helps keep you full and focused at school. Protein also gives you the energy you need to start the day.
Here are some breakfast foods with lots of protein:
Teens learn their eating habits from family and peer groups. It’s important for your family to model healthy eating behaviors and not skip meals. If your family eats breakfast every day, your teen is more likely to eat breakfast every day too. The opposite is also true. If your family doesn’t eat breakfast, your teen is more likely to skip breakfast too.
As teens grow up, their friends and peer groups play an important role in whether they eat breakfast or skip it.
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