Eat Breakfast for Improved Performance at Work
A recent food market research study conducted by The NPD Group, found that one out of 10 or 31 million Americans don’t start their day with breakfast. The NPD’s Morning MealScape 2011study, which looks into the situational factors impacting consumers’ food and beverage choices in the morning finds that males, 18-34, have the highest incidence of skipping (28 percent) whereas those adults 55 and older have the lowest incident of skipping (11 percent for males, ages 55 and older, and 10 percent for females in this age range) among adults.
For children who do not eat or drink anything in the morning the skip levels increase as children age, with 13-to-17-year-olds having the highest incidence (14 percent) of skipping.
The benefits of eating breakfast are countless; payback at work, weight loss or weight control (which will ultimately make you a better worker) and improved performance.
Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals helps improve concentration and performance in settings such as the classroom, work or the boardroom. Breakfast also helps improve problem solving and helps increase strength and endurance when engaging in physical activity.
A healthy breakfast should include high fiber and protein; a combination that could include whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk or milk substitute and fruit, or toast with a boiled egg or egg white scramble or oatmeal.
If you don’t have time to prepare breakfast, whip up a blend of your favorite fruit and in a protein shake. My favorite breakfast to go is Vega One Nutritional Shake or Shake & Go Smoothie, all-in-one, natural plant-based formulas that are an excellent source of protein, fiber and antioxidants to fuel a healthy active lifestyle.
Vega is available at Whole Foods and other health food stores or online at myvega.com.
**This article originally published March 7, 2012.