There’s no getting around the fact that starting your day with a nutritious breakfast is one of the best health decisions that you can make. Here’s some extremely important reasons why you should not avoid it:
Energise: Breakfast literally means ‘breaking your overnight fast’. By the time you wake up your body hasn’t had food for up to 10 hours, so it is important to refuel your body for another day. Only breakfast can provide you with the energy to kick start the day!
Perform better at work/school: Enjoying breakfast can help lift your mood and has been shown to help with improving concentration levels, behaviour and learning abilities in school children.
Keep on track with weight loss maintenance: Although many people skip breakfast in an effort to reduce their food intake and lose weight, research shows that enjoying a high fibre breakfast, may lead to eating less food later in the day.This is probably because, high fibre meals can be quite filling so you are less likely to snack on high fat and sugary foods mid-morning. In fact, eating breakfast is strongly associated with successful, well-maintained weight loss maintenance.
Get your essential nutrients first thing in the morning: People who skip breakfast generally find it difficult to achieve their daily nutrition requirements so it really is best to start packing in those nutrients early!
Here are some easy ideas to help you start your day the right way:
Breakfast ideas for those on-the-go:
- Peanut butter and banana on wholegrain toast or crispbread
- Low fat yoghurt sprinkled with natural muesli – you can make these the night before and store in airtight containers in the fridge and then have them on the move when needed
- A chilled liquid breakfast– try Sanitarium UP&GO Oats2Go, it is the only one on the market with a source of real wholegrain oats and it provides the protein, energy and dietary fibre of a bowl of oats and milk, is low in fat and low GI. A pack of three is available for $4.99 – if you break it down, that’s just $1.66 for one serving, substantially cheaper than a cup of coffee. Munch on a piece of fruit or some nuts when you get the chance too and you’ll be doing well!
- Fruit smoothie with low fat yoghurt and/or milk – again, you can make this in advance and simply pull one out of the fridge when you’re ready to leave.
For those with a bit more time in the morning:
- Baked beans on wholegrain toast
- Toasted wholegrain English muffin topped with ricotta cheese and sliced tomato or some chopped up fruit (a bit of apple with a dusting of cinnamon is nice)
- Weet-Bix or porridge topped with sliced banana and a little honey
Top tips thanks to Michelle Reid, accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist at Sanitarium.