Why eating breakfast should be your "thing"

Should you or shouldn't you eat breakfast? Now, THAT'S a question!

Instead of writing a million reasons why I think you should be chomping away on that first meal, I've asked eight other people, people like me and you, to tell me why they think breaking fast is important. Oh, and what they like to eat when breaking said fast of course!

Let's get to it!

A MOTHER:
"It's all about the metabolism boost. When we sleep, our metabolism slows down. The only way to jumpstart it [again] is with healthy breakfast. [Eating breakfast] will help you burn calories from the beginning of the day."

Favorite breakfast: smoothie with chocolate coconut milk spinach.

CREATOR OF SWEATSCALE:
"It's the most important and most delicious meal of the day. Helloooo!"

Favorite breakfast: breakfast burrioto from Dimes in Chinatown with extra hot sauce.

AN ADORABLE 2 YEAR OLD:
"To get BIG!"

Favorite breakfast: "I want breakfast with ranch on it!"

A "TECHIE"
"[Eating breakfast] is the official start of my day. Waking up, checking Instagram, showering may happen before, but breakfast is when productivity starts."

Favorite breakfast: plain greek yogurt with granola and fresh pineapple.

A SISTER
"I think you should eat a healthy breakfast because it sets the tone for your day. [Eating Breakfast] makes you feel less weak throughout the morning, and you also make better choices throughout the day."

Favorite breakfast: eggs, whole wheat toast, and coffee.

A FELLOW FLYWHEEL INSTRUCTOR
"I eat breakfast to fuel my body for an active day and to keep my metabolism regular."

Favorite breakfast: two eggs and an arepa—Columbian breakfast all the way!

AN ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE IN DIGITAL SALES
"I think you should eat breakfast to boost your metabolism for the day ahead and to fuel your body throughout the night."

Favorite breakfast: whole wheat avocado toast.

...and a friend who has found their max joy studying this topic...

A M.S. STUDENT OF NUTRITION AND CURRENT DIETETIC INTERN
"At night, while you're sleeping, you're technically fasting. Your body uses up stored energy to start your day. Brain fuction relies on glucose (carbs), which is the first macronutrient used as energy fuel, so breakfast provides a new influx of macronutrients to propel your brain, vital functions, and physical activity throughout the day! If you don’t have that glucose on hand, your body has to use other sources like fats or proteins as fuel, and the conversion time of fats/proteins to energy is much slower than glucose so your body lags.”

Favorite breakfast: Whole grains or high protein and low fat. Both are satisfying to get through to lunch. I prefer 1/2 cup (dry) oatmeal with a mashed banana, the banana adds volume and a fruit serving for the day. Yogurts or eggs are the best morning protein.

Alright, here's my take on it!

ME
"I believe that eating a healthy meal to start your morning will fuel your body for a strong, productive day. You are breaking-the-fast from dinner. I find that eating breakfast also helps me eat less calories throughout the day. The days I skip breakfast are the days my sweet tooth kicks in (low levels of blood sugar) and I crave unhealthy treats.

Favorite breakfast: sweet potato with almond butter

Everyone agrees that eating breakfast is important, and I hope this helps motivate you to start your day with the right fuel.

Healthy Hustle Approved Grocery List

As New Yorkers, we are always hustling from place to place, fitting in as much work as we can into every day. Oftentimes, because other activities take precedent, grocery shopping becomes a dreaded chore, if not a burdensome task, better forgotten altogether.

I get it. Why hold yourself to a taxing healthy standard when there are plenty of other "tastier" and time-efficient options out there?

Well, we're all in this together, and I want to help you, my client, commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Without further ado, here's a "Healthy Hustle"-approved grocery list you can pull up when you're shopping for your week's worth of nomz OR when you're out at dinner trying to choose the healthiest option on the menu.

No More Excuses!

FRUITS
Apples
Bananas
Blackberries
Grapes
Mangos
Pineapples
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Tomatoes

VEGETABLES
Asparagus
Beets
Bell Peppers
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Carrots
Kale
Onions
Spinach
Squash
Zucchini

PRO TIP: Load up on your veggies!

HEALTHY FATS
Almonds
Cashews
Walnuts
Pecans
All natural almond butter
Chia or flax seeds
Avocado

DAIRY
Eggs
Greek yogurt
Goat cheeses
Hard cheese

PRO TIP: Use cheese sparingly!

PROTEIN
Extra lean chicken breast
Extra lean ground turkey
Extra lean beef
Salmon
Cod
Shrimp
Tilapia
Edamame
Black beans
Chickpeas

GRAINS (GOOD CARBS)
Quinoa
Brown Rice
Brown Rice Pasta
Raw Oats
Sweet Potatoes

COOKING TIPS

  1. Eat your food raw, steamed, grilled, or baked
  2. Fill half of your plate up with fruits and vegetables
  3. Drink at least 8oz of water every hour
  4. Plan and prepare your meals ahead of time
  5. Keep a smile on your face and make at least one person smile before you go to bed!

Now that you have the ingredients, it's time to get cooking!

Please feel free to share any recipes that you love that celebrate these ingredients.
Let's help others by sharing the things that make us feel healthier and happier!

Happy (and healthy) Eating!