Is a daily breakfast smoothie your path to wellness? Can your morning avocado toast save your life? Well, signs point to yes. A newly released study supports the link between eating breakfast daily and having a longer, healthier life – specifically from better cardiovascular health. The study found that skipping breakfast was associated with increased risk of early death. And unfortunately, another survey shows that many Americans tend to skip breakfast, including 28 percent of males age 18-34. If something so easy can help with longevity, how can you make sure it’s a solid part of your morning routine?
Check out the following three tips for breakfast success:
- Eat within a few hours of waking. You don’t have to eat the minute you get up, but do try fueling up within a few hours to get the benefits of breakfast, which include improved cognitive function. Even if you’re not super hungry, think of breakfast as a favor to your body (and brain) for the day.
- Lower that glycemic load. It’s recommended to avoid breakfasting on foods that will spike blood sugar and leave you crashing later, like pastries or sugary cereals. Go for whole foods that can provide sustained nutrition all morning. Good choices include yogurt, nuts, beans, eggs, whole-grain bread, fruit and oatmeal.
- Try DIY. Skip the coffee shop and make your own breakfast to be sure you get a healthy mix of nutrient-rich foods. It can be fast and easy… and delicious. Read on for a great recipe to try.
This recipe has it all – fiber from whole-grain bread, eggs for a hit of protein and high-test antioxidants from fresh berries. But most of all, we love the added boost from fermented maca, a unique superfood that delivers energy, endurance and recovery support.†
Maca French Toast with Berries
In bowl, beat eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and maca. Pour into shallow bowl.
In skillet, melt 1-2 tablespoons butter over low heat.
Dip each slice of bread in egg mixture and transfer to skillet.
Cook until golden brown on each side. Continue until egg mixture is gone; melt more butter as needed.
Serve immediately with fresh berries.
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†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.