A healthy breakfast jump starts your day. Breakfast might be the last thing on your
mind as you hurry for work or school.
However, the age old saying, ‘breakfast is the most
important meal of the day.’ is true to its word, and for many reasons.
A healthy meal at the start of each day may be beneficial to
your health as it will give you the opportunity to consume many nutrients in the one meal. By eating breakfast in the morning, you may have more control over your weight. Research shows that by eating breakfast, you have a greater concentration and an increased ability to focus. You are more likely to stay alert during the day.
The following are some basic ingredients that can be
included in your breakfast in order to optimise the nutritional benefits:
This could be in the form of egg, fish, peanut butter or any nut butter;
This could be cheese, milk;
This could include coconut oil, butter, avocado, olive oil;
Complex carbohydrates such as fruit or vegetable
or wholegrain such as wholegrain toast.
Try and choose one from each of these core groups that might
suit your taste and preference. Together these food groups provide complex
carbohydrates, fibre, protein and healthy fat.
This combination will help keep you full for longer decreasing your need
Cereals are made for consumer convenience. It is for those who need to eat on the
run. But, not all cereals are created
equally and some are definitely better than others. It is important to read the labels and look
out for flavourings, preservatives, and the type of fat found. Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil are the fats you should be looking out for. Avoid canola oil and hydrogenated fats. It is important to look out for the sugar content.
Often cereals are jammed packed with sugars. Anything over 5-7g sugar per serving should be avoided.
Quick and Easy Breakfast Options
You might not know it, but there are plenty of healthy
options that can make a healthy breakfast. These include cooked oats with flaxseed meal topped with
berries and maple syrup; whole wheat pita filled with hard boiled eggs; a smoothie with the works. This could include frozen banana, protein
powder, milk or yoghurt and maple syrup or rice syrup to sweeten if
desired. You can also add flaxseed meal,
chia seeds or another seed of your
preference. Eggs are also a great option for breakfast and are very versatile.
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