Is breakfast really the meal of champions? Despite some attempts to dismiss breakfast as unnecessary or overrated, others still defend the beloved morning meal. Coach Jeff Barnett covered one such study in his article, Breakfast Eaters Are Slimmer, More Active, and Less Depressed:

 

This large study examined over 1,800 students in eighth and tenth grade. The link between breakfast-skipping and obesity was straightforward. Those who never skipped breakfast were least likely to be obese. Those who skipped breakfast sometimes - a little more likely. Those who skipped breakfast all the time - very likely to be obese. To say this link was well-established is quite the understatement.

 

Breakfast eaters also tended to display other healthy lifestyle practices, like eating more fresh vegetables and participating in more physical activity. So while breakfast might not be the most important meal of the day, evidence suggests it's definitely good for you.

 

But of course, that all depends on what you eat. It can be hard to find healthy and tasty options to start your day, which is where these recipes come in. Let's start with a common breakfast staple: a homemade bacon recipe from PaleoBOSS Lady, V Capaldi. We promise it's way easier than you might think. For another variation, check out the article, 2 Easy Homemade Bacon Recipes.

 

Italian Bacon Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 4lb pork belly
  • 1 Tablespoon each pink Himalayan sea salt, fresh crushed black pepper, and dried fennel
  • 1 bay leaf

 

Method:

  1. Mix spices in a bowl and rub the pork belly, covering as much as possible.
  2. Place the herb-rubbed pork belly in a plastic bag with the bay leaf and store in the refrigerator.
  3. The next morning, flip the bag and put it back in the fridge. Repeat this process for seven days.

 

After Day 7:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Rinse the pork belly and pat dry.
  3. Line an oven-safe pan with parchment paper and bake slowly for two hours. The internal temperature should reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Let the bacon rest a few minutes, then slice and enjoy!

 

Now You Need Pancakes! Page 2 Has a Recipe Created Just for Athletes!

 

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