We know that beef is probably a staple of your lunch and dinner table – but did you know there are benefits of eating lean beef for breakfast too? We know, we’re pretty excited about this as well.
You’ve probably heard breakfast referred to as the most important meal of the day – this is because after sleep, the body is low on energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. Many people start their days off with sugary cereal (or skip breakfast altogether) – but if you really want to get the most out of your days you need a nutritious breakfast that will sustain you until lunchtime.
Here are three reasons a high-protein breakfast will keep you healthy, satisfied and focused throughout the day:
Avoid a Sugar Crash
Eating high-sugar and carb-rich breakfast foods (like sugary cereals, bagels or white toast with sweet spreads) can spike your blood sugar and this can cause a blood sugar crash. On the other hand, eating a lower carb and higher protein breakfast will keep your blood sugar level steady and reduce your chance or unnecessary drowsiness, headaches or mid-morning hunger.
Boost Fat Burning
When you consume a high-protein breakfast, you help fuel your metabolism. This allows you to burn more calories throughout the day. Eating protein at breakfast can also help you to reduce mindless snacking and control your appetite throughout the day (more about this below!).
Keep You Fuller for Longer
In 2011, Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, conducted an experiment on the benefits of a high-protein diet. Heather found that those who ate a high-protein breakfast reported feeling less hungry later in the day than those who did not. From these results, Leidy theorized that high-protein meals release ghrelin, a hunger hormone that increases your feelings of satiety and fullness.
According to this research and various similar studies, if you eat a high-protein breakfast you are less likely to overeat or indulge in unhealthy snacks throughout the day – this is great news if you are trying to increase your health or watch your weight.
Although a high-protein breakfast offers a number of health benefits, it is important to choose high-protein options that don’t contain excess fat. Think eggs and lean grass-fed beef! The information in this post is adapted from Livestrong, Healthline and H.E.B.