I LOVE breakfast – it is by far my favourite meal of the day. So, I don’t need any convincing, but for those who do, here are some of the benefits of eating breakfast…
Benefits of Breakfast:
- Improved concentration and performance during the day.
- More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity.
- Breakfast eaters have been found to have more nutritionally complete diets – higher in nutrients, vitamin & minerals.
- Studies have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.
- Morning snacks tend to be healthier choices if you eat breakfast.
I would recommend you have breakfast every day, within two hours of waking. Here are some ideas you could try for a quick and easy breakfast.
Some breakfast ideas:
- Wholegrain or high-fibre cereal (see my tips for choosing below) with milk or yoghurt and a handful of nuts or seeds.
- Low GI, seedloaf or rye toast with peanut butter or hummus or cottage cheese.
- Chopped fresh fruit with yoghurt and a handful nuts or seeds.
- Oats porridge topped with fruit, nut butter and cinnamon.
- Low GI, seedloaf or rye toast with boiled (boil in bulk for the week), scrambled (can be done in the microwave at work) or avocado or baked beans.
- Make muffins in bulk and freeze them for busy mornings – top with nut butter or cheese and eat on the go. Grab some of my favourite muffin recipes to get you started.
- Throw together a smoothie or prep & freeze some smoothie packs. Get some inspiration from our smoothie recipes.
- Prep overnight oats in advance to have on the go – how to make overnight oats
For more delicious breakfast recipes you may enjoy:
Some tips and tricks for choosing cereals:
- Ingredients are listed from biggest component to smallest. So, avoid cereal with sugar near the top of the list – save these for treats!
- Ideally look for cereals with less than 4 grams of sugar per serving and at least 4 grams of fibre per bowl / serving.
- Rather than adding sugar or honey – add flavour to your cereal (or porridge) with: a handful of raw nuts or mixed seeds or dried, fresh or frozen fruit.