Pack on the Protein!
Posted October 23, 2015
If there is one meal that should never, ever be skipped it’s breakfast. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more times; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the fuel you need to get your metabolism going which provides you with energy needed for the day.
For children, it’s especially important to eat a healthy, wholesome breakfast. Skipping breakfast not only effects energy levels and concentration, but an even greater side effect, is weight gain. With today’s high-obesity rates amongst children, it’s even more important to get children the nutrients needed to improve metabolic function. A new study recently found that children who consumed a high-protein breakfast had lower calorie intakes throughout the day and improved blood sugar management; helping prevent further gain in body fat.
The new study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found that a high-protein breakfast (35 grams of protein), prevented gains of body fat, reduced daily food intake and feelings of hunger and stabilized glucose levels in overweight teens. How often, even at school cafeterias, are children fed a processed, high-sugar breakfast cereal, waffle or other grain-based product instead of a protein-based breakfast? I myself remember eating cereal with milk most mornings before school and would only eat eggs, sausage or other meats on weekends. The only protein source from a breakfast like this would come from the milk, and, with today’s prevalence of lactose intolerance, most children are substituting whole milk for milk alternatives. A low-protein breakfast in children was associated with weight gain and unstable glucose levels throughout the day.
I know working parents are extremely busy. So cooking up ham and eggs for breakfast every day is probably out of the question. However, one way you can sneak some extra protein into your children’s breakfast is by adding a protein supplement to a morning smoothie; which they can easily take with them. Sta-Natural™, a newly acquired brand under Youngevity®, offers TMR – Total Meal Replacement™ shake that offers 24 grams of pure protein per serving plus 20 vitamins and minerals that support a healthy appetite and healthy energy levels. For those days when you’re in a rush, a breakfast smoothie works great as a source of protein for kids. Plus, add some veggies and fruit, and you’ve got a great, wholesome breakfast.
Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!