What will happen to you, if you continue to miss your breakfast

“Never miss breakfast!” were the words my mom drummed in my ear as a child. But as an adult, I struggle to know the best food to break my fast every morning. Interestingly, I’m not alone—many people, especially young adults, skip breakfast more than lunch and dinner.

Does it matter if you miss breakfast? The answer isn’t always clear-cut. But some medical experts believe eating breakfast reduces the risk of heart-related diseases, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and stroke. Another bonus point for breakfast eaters: They’re likely to manage stress better, monitor their nutrient intake, and pay attention to physical exercise—all of these suggest my mom wasn’t wrong!

So, what are the best breakfast foods you should eat to improve your health? Get the explanation below:

5 healthy Nigerian foods to break your fast

1. Eggs

Lack of time is one of the major reasons many people skip breakfast. This is why eggs are the first on the list; they’re easy to prepare. Besides, they’re excellent sources of proteins, which keep you full because they take time to digest.

Although eggs contain high cholesterol, they don’t raise cholesterol levels in people when eaten in moderation. In contrast, eggs offer mild protection against heart disease. Because they’re low in calories, eggs regulate blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). For diabetics, it’s better to boil, poach, or scramble your eggs with low-fat milk.

As a Nigerian, you can enjoy eggs with yam or potato, bread, and plantains. If you’re living with diabetes, serve unripe plantains with scrambled eggs to manage your blood sugar level.

2. Fruits and smoothies

There’s no consensus on what makes a good breakfast for everyone. But your day couldn’t start healthier by starting it with a bowl filled with fresh fruits. For example, berries (e.g., blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries) are high-fiber, low-calorie fruits that improve brain health.

You can also eat fruits as a salad or smoothie. Fruit salad is a mix of fresh fruits, more like cuts of different fruits in a bowl. Smoothies, however, are a blend of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Both fruity foods allow you to meet the daily recommended fluid intake quota depending on your body’s needs.

For instance, if you’re on a weight loss journey, you should only eat low-calorie fruits, like mango-date smoothies, bananas, apples, oranges, pears, and watermelon. Avoid acidic fruits such as citrus (e.g., oranges, limes, and grapefruits) and green apples if you’re living with ulcers. Their high acid content may worsen your ulcer symptoms.

3. Coffee and green tea

If alertness is your goal, coffee and green tea should be part of your morning diet. Both are rich in caffeine, which promotes mental and physical alertness. Regular coffee intake also reduces the risk of T2D, liver disease, and obesity. Similarly, green tea, which is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, improves brain function and reduces the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

4. Cereals

Cereals are made from grains. They’re tailor-made for breakfast because they’re convenient to prepare. Nutritionally, they’re good sources of vitamins, iron, carbohydrates, essential nutrients, and folate.

But processed cereals may also contain unhealthy amounts of sugar. This is why you should check the ingredient list before buying them, especially if you want to meet your weight goals. In general, high-fiber cereals made from whole grains with little sugar improve bowel function. Oats, oatmeal, granola, cornflakes, and golden morn are examples of cereals for breakfast.

5. Nuts

Nuts are a nutrient storehouse. They’re rich in heart-friendly fat, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain high levels of protein and fiber, which make you feel full after eating. As a result, they supply the energy you need to function during the day.

Apart from chewing them whole as a snack, you can also add them to smoothies or salad toppings. But note that nuts contain high calories; therefore, ensure you’re not exceeding your calorie count when adding nuts to other meals. Almonds, cashews, and walnuts are examples of nuts you can take. Tiger nuts, though botanically an edible tuber, are also excellent “nuts” you should add to your morning diet.

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