We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While this is true for almost everyone, it remains especially true for seniors. In fact, breakfast is even more important for seniors to include in their everyday routine than it is for children or adults because they typically have a more difficult time absorbing nutrients. A healthy meal in the morning is the best chance for seniors get a lot of the vitamins and minerals they need.
So, start your day — and your week — out right with breakfast. The benefits of breakfast far outweigh the excuses for not eating in the morning. Just a few of the benefits include:
Better Mood. When you make time for breakfast, it has an enormous impact on your mood throughout the day. According to Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical associate professor at Boston University and an American Dietetic Association media spokesperson, eating in the morning and providing glucose to your brain greatly enhances your mood.
Higher Alertness and Concentration. Studies have found that eating breakfast is linked to an increased attention span, higher memory, as well as enhanced cognitive abilities.
Weight control. When you skip breakfast, you are more likely to eat more throughout the day to compensate for your poor start to the day. Also, eating first thing in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism.
Some of our favorite easy breakfast recipes are listed here on care.com with some great nutrition tips for seniors. We recommend the ‘power toast’ for a quick and impactful breakfast!
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