Eat breakfast. That’s what everyone tells you. However, what you eat for breakfast is also important.
A recent study shows that eating a significant high-protein breakfast can help quell cravings later in the day.
A high-protein breakfast reduces cravings
The study targeted young people, who are quite prone to skipping breakfast. Approximately 60 percent of teens skip breakfast on a regular basis.
Not eating breakfast not only increasing the chances people will snack during the day, but it also impairs cognition. Students who eat breakfast are more alert and generally perform better in class.
In the study, some subjects ate no breakfast, others ate a typical breakfast such as cereal and milk, and the rest ate a high-protein breakfast of belgian waffles and yogurt.
Those who ate either breakfast had (obviously) reduced appetite at lunch time. However, those who ate the high protein breakfast had a signficantly reduced appetite. This suggests that eating a high-protein breakfast could help prevent unhealthy snacking and even be a way to help people lose weight.
How to sneak protein into your breakfast
You don’t have to dramatically change your breakfast habits to get a bit more protein. Use peanut butter on your toast, or put some almonds in your cereal. Make a smoothie with nuts: chocolate banana nut smoothie, or if you don’t want chocolate for breakfast, try this one.
If you’re vegan, try some of our vegan breakfast ideas.
Do you have any high-protein breakfast ideas? My breakfast is fairly lacking in protein, so I need to try harder, but my dad swears by a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Source: Science Daily
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