A recent study in the March 2008 issue of Pediatrics confirmed what grandma already knew – breakfast is important. And its not only important for nutrition and school performance but also for weight control. In this five year study of the eating and exercise habits of 1,007 boys and 1,215 girls with an average age of 15 years at the start of the study, the investigators found a direct relationship between breakfast eating and body mass index (BMI). At the start of the study, consistent breakfast eaters had an average body mass index of 21.7, intermittent eaters 22.5, and rare breakfast eaters 23.4. Over the next five years, BMI increased in the same pattern (5-year increase in BMI, 1.6 kg/m2 among daily breakfast eaters vs. 2.0 and 2.2 among intermittent and never-eaters, respectively). Interestingly, about half the teenagers ate breakfast intermittently, with girls being more likely to consistently skip breakfast and boys being more likely to eat it every day.
Combine these findings with studies showing a better satiety effect of eggs vs. carbohydrate foods for breakfast and you know what you’ve got to do: cook up some eggs in the morning. But who has the time, the patience, the incentive? Here’s a simple idea–Sunday prepare some hard cooked eggs (5 per family member), and put them in the fridge. (If you don’t know how to prepare hard cooked eggs, visit the American Egg Board Web site for a quick lesson ) For the next five days, breakfast is taken care of. Everyone can get a hard cooked egg and maybe a slice of toast or a muffin and head out the door in a flash. Eggs-actly right for you and them, and even easier on the waistline. And of course, on the weekend everyone should get together for a real, sit-down breakfast (wouldn’t that be new and different!). One can long for the good old days when they actually were good.