Do You Need Breakfast?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – is it a myth? I don’t think so. Numerous studies have been done showing the benefits of eating breakfast. This is not to say that all people who eat breakfast are healthier and fitter than those who do not but the likeliness of them being thinner and less prone to developing diabetes are greater. Go back two, three generations and try to find someone who did or does not eat breakfast. Those who didn’t are most likely ill or dead. Breakfast plays 2 important roles – it starts up our metabolism and stabilises blood sugar levels which regulate appetite and energy (as shown in studies by Harvard Medical School).
Does It Matter What You Eat?
Let’s not kid ourselves. Of course it does. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap. Maybe not right at the beginning (most likely you will have a sugar boost) but later on in the day. The key is to eat something that will provide you with a boost of nutrients which will give you a healthy start to the day. So here are some nutritional breakfast ideas:
Although not a meal, make sure to have at least a tall glass of it first thing as you get up. I even try to have it before I fully open my eyes. Even better, add some lemon juice to it. There is no better way to kick off the metabolism as your hydration levels are low after the night. Adding to this, water will help to flush out toxins from your system. Now you are ready to eat something.
Love it or hate it, they are one of the best starters to the day. Containing protein, magnesium, potassium, calcium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B they are a wholefood – almost a perfect package. They key with porridge oats is to keep it simple. Ideally it would be best to have them with water but you can also have them with almond or soya milk. The reason I am omitting cow’s milk is because it is acidic. Adding cinnamon and other spices is great, however, avoid sugar or sweet syrups (better add honey or maple syrup instead). You can even add porridge oats to your shakes and smoothies – a great thickener.
Be bold, be different. Start off your day with a healthy helping of greens (spinach, kale, broccoli) with sea salt, pepper and olive oil. Rich in vitamins and minerals, greens supply your body with nutrients and the olive oil provides essential fats which are a source of energy.
Shakes and Smoothies
Not much time in the morning? Who says breakfast has to come in a solid form? Shakes and smoothies are a great alternative. Whether water based or made with almond or soya milk (low in calories and sugar), they provide a great diversity. Use fruit such as bananas and berries or be more daring and throw in greens like spinach, avocado. Throw in some oats, some flax seeds, coconut shavings, ginger, cinnamon. Again, avoid sugar and sweeten with honey or maple syrup or even dates. A good option is also to use shake powders, which contain extra vitamins and minerals, on top of protein and fibre to give your shakes the full nutritional value.
These are only a few ideas for a nutritional start to your day. What else can you think of? Most important, make sure you have your breakfast everyday!