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The Importance of Breakfast for Athletes

breakfastConvincing me to eat breakfast isn’t that difficult. It’s my favorite meal of the day. Whether it’s a Zone bar (fudge graham), oatmeal (the real kind) loaded with nuts and dried fruit, or pancakes and bacon (only if I’m splurging), I love a good breakfast! If we are active during the day, breakfast is even more important. For athletic kids, it is crucial.

The following are some of the reasons Alan Tyson, physical therapist and owner of Architech Sports and Physical Therapy, gives to young athletes for eating breakfast everyday. I happen to believe they are true for us parents, too!

Metabolism is at the very highest in the morning and continues to slow down as the day goes on.
During morning hours blood sugar levels are low, so incoming carbs are less likely to be stored as fat.
Our body needs energy from calories at this time of day to help it cope with the demands and activities of the day.

Some of Alan’s favorite breakfast picks?
Natural whole grain oatmeal with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or bananas, and nuts, and a little brown sugar.
Whole grain pancakes or waffles, and two eggs (done any style)
Greek style yogurt with blueberries or strawberries and low-sugar granola with nuts
Always start the day with a glass of water, and for kids… some form of low-sugared juice.

What are your top breakfast picks?

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