Back to School: Breakfast and Lunch Reigns Supreme
Potato and beef soup for the autumn feel
It's that time of the year when the verdant green of summer fades into colorful red, yellow, and orange. Fall is around the corner and a new school year along with it. After a lazy summer, things are bound to pick up, and it can get hectic. You'll be so busy; you may be inclined to skip breakfast or lunch to save time or get something quick like fast food.
This raises a big, red warning sign, as skipping breakfast or lunch would cause you to be easily fatigued and your thoughts to become muddled. When your body is not getting the nutrients it needs, you will find that it functions poorly. If you have been skipping breakfast or lunch, try to start eating something around a set mealtime - it can be some berries and nuts or even a slice of fluffy bread. Slowly increase your intake to reflect the nutrients your body requires, and you'll be surprised when you start performing at peak performance.
It is recommended that you maintain a steady intake of higher-fiber, starchy carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and plenty of lean proteins. And what better lean protein options are there than Certified Piedmontese beef?
"It's the only beef my kid would eat," says a long-time customer. Using Certified Piedmontese beef guarantees that every single bite is protein-packed with lower fat and calorie count. With our assorted cuts that include stir fry beef, steak tips, bratwurst, and hot dogs, it's even easier for you to prepare a nutritious and delicious meal with little effort on your part.
Certified Piedmontese gives you higher protein in every ounce of meat, and protein is a multi-beneficial nutrient. Benefits of protein:
Slows the release of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers feelings of hunger. You'll feel fuller for longer and can stay focused without the distracting (and awful) rumbling of stomach hungry for sustenance.
Keeps your blood sugar level steady and reduces the chance of headaches, drowsiness, and between-meals hunger.
Improves muscle metabolism, encouraging your body to burn more calories and break down fat faster.
Boosts immunity and helps protect your body from bacteria, viruses, and other germs. This is because protein helps form the cells that operate the immune system, and eating more protein helps keep your guard up against illnesses of all kinds.
The transition from carefree summer into hours filled with scholastic pursuits and after-class activities is not always smooth. Eating a healthy, protein-packed breakfast and lunch would go a long way in giving you the extra boost.
It must be stressed that breakfast is a priority, not a choice. It's the truth when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies show people who eat breakfast have higher intakes of dietary fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, and other nutrients.
According to the CDC, eating a healthy breakfast is even more important for students. It is associated with improved cognitive function, strengthening memorization skills, and improving mood for more conducive learning. If eggy goodness is what you like to wake up to, then try a steak quiche! It's definitely worth the early morning and can even be a great mid-morning snack.
A nutritious lunch fuels your body for the rest of the day, and a break for a delicious yet simple homemade lunch is what everyone needs after hours of study. You can pack lunches the night before if mornings are hectic, and protein-packed lunches help you power through the rest of your day with higher performance.
A steak burrito bowl is perfect for quick meal prep and to pack away for a nutritious and balanced lunch!
[Tip for a nutritious lunch: Cook in Bulk.
Save time and energy — no need to feel like you must prepare different meals every day. The leftovers of one meal can be repurposed for two other meals later in the week. If you had roast beef during the weekend, that means tasty roast beef sandwiches for a lunch break! Leftover steak Pad Thai would be a great way to repurpose any leftover Certified Piedmontese steak you have.]
Lastly, remember to stay hydrated! Adequate hydration helps regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, flush toxins from the body, increase energy levels, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, promotes weight loss, and improves skin complexion, so don't forget the water bottles or travel mugs.
A great breakfast to kickstart your metabolism, revving you up for the day, and a nutritious lunch to keep your energy levels up for higher focus and productiveness can be as easy as incorporating Certified Piedmontese beef into your meals. Here's to a positive start to the school year!