By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine
During the holidays it's easy to let our healthy-eating habits fall by the wayside. But there's one habit you absolutely shouldn't ditch: eating breakfast.
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Here's why: science shows that regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner and dieters are more successful at losing weight-and keeping it off-when they eat breakfast. (OK, so I'm not advocating that you diet this time of year, but not gaining during the holiday season is a reasonable goal.)
Another breakfast boon: research has found that eating a breakfast that contains slower-burning carbohydrates (also called low-glycemic-index foods) like oatmeal, bran cereal or whole-wheat bagels, instead of faster-burning, or high-glycemic-index, breakfast foods (sugary cereals) helps maintain concentration and attention throughout the morning. Although this particular research was done in kids, IRead More »from 3 Essential Ingredients of a Healthy Breakfast