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Food Central: The Importance of Breakfast

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Dive into the importance of breakfast in this issue of “Food Central”.

Breakfast is often dubbed as the most important meal of the day and for good reason as it is the first meal of the day but often overlooked and underappreciated by many due to its placement in one’s day, but there are a lot of benefits and enjoyability found when eating breakfast. Breakfast allows for a lot of delicious and nutritious foods to be enjoyed. Breakfast foods can range from sweet to savory to everything in between. 

 There are many benefits to eating breakfast, like improving energy levels, reducing risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the long run. Although breakfast is important it is often hard to decide what one should eating during the early morning, breakfast can be broken down into categories such as light, heavy, savory or sweet and those categories are good starting points on deciding what to eat.  


A light breakfast can consist of foods easier on the stomach, such as cereal, toast or fruit, which is better suited for those who do not want to overeat before starting the day. 


A heavy breakfast can consist of multiple pairings of foods like sausage and bacon with eggs alongside pancakes or waffles. Heavy breakfasts are better suited for those who have a long day ahead and are unsure lunch will be an option.  


Savory breakfasts consist of foods such as bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, and every way to make eggs such as an omelet or scrambled. The savory foods of breakfast allow for some delicious and hardy flavor combinations to ensure a good start to the day.  


Sweet breakfasts are consisted of foods such as cereal, pancakes, waffles, French toast, or breakfast crepes. The debate of which of those are the best breakfast sweet treats is a commonly discussed topic, but each has their own flavorful factors. 


Breakfasts do not just consist of food as many drinks also coincide with breakfast time such as orange juice, apple juice, milk, coffee and smoothies. Each drink considered for breakfast can be paired differently to allow for a different spread of flavor combinations. 


Smoothies are perfect for those torn on what to eat for breakfast food because it adds the sweetness of fruit and the hardy enriched flavors of vegetables and other ingredients to allow for a filling meal with all the benefits of the fruits and vegetables blended inside. 


All types of breakfasts have their own pros and cons, but it is really up to personal preference and what is seen as suitable to allow for a positive start to the day just keep in mind the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is a sure fire way to start a day at Iona University right. 

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