Following healthy breakfast recipes can be time-consuming, which is something we don’t have a lot of in the morning. But breakfast is actually more important for us than we might think.
According to the NHS, “there is no official advice in the UK about when we should have our meals, although people are advised not to skip breakfast.” But quite often we do skip it either to cut back the calories or gain a little more precious time. Is that really good for us? Should we be skipping breakfast? Or is there truth behind the proverb: “eat like a King at breakfast, a Prince at lunch, and a pauper at dinner”?
Why Is Breakfast So Important?
It’s called breakfast for a reason. We break the overnight fast, preferably within two hours of waking up. Here’s why:
Restore glucose levels
The brain needs glucose to function, so eating in the morning can improve memory, concentration, and overall cognition.
Kickstart your metabolism and energy levels
Eating gets your bodily processes going, which require energy. Your metabolism kicks in to burn calories to fuel your bodily processes.
Hormones are sensitive to what and how much we eat. Especially women’s hormones, which respond to changes in our energy intake, i.e. eating.
“Eating a large breakfast reduces hunger cravings, especially for sweets and fats thus counteracting weight gain,” according to Dr Kahleova. “Regular breakfast consumption seems to increase satiety, reduce total energy intake, improve overall dietary quality, reduce blood lipid and improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.” But some breakfasts foods have a better impact on our bodies than others.
What Foods Make The Perfect Breakfast?
While it is easier to reach for a cereal bar to-go, it probably isn’t the best breakfast option. A sweet pastry or sugary cereal isn’t the way to get all the healthy benefits of breakfast. Whole grains, protein, and fibre are much better ways to start the day off right.
Oats are packed full of fibre that helps lower cholesterol. Stay away from flavoured oats as they are usually full of sugar.
A plain, no-fat Greek yoghurt is best. It contains lots of calcium and protein.
Full of a variety of vitamins and minerals, fruits are the perfect breakfast accompaniment.
However you like your eggs in the morning, they’re very nutritious. Full of protein, vitamin D, and healthy, filling fats.
These nutty-flavoured seeds are full of fibre, antioxidants, and omegas-3!
Healthy Breakfast Recipes
Shop bought cereals tend to be loaded with sugar, salt and saturated fat. Try homemade granola instead that is high in fibre, protein, and omega-3.
Or try a smoothie…
This smoothie is great for your skin, brain and blood pressure, It’s also low-carb and high in healthy fats, potassium and vitamin A, C and E.
More Healthy Recipes
To quick dinners:
We’ve got a recipe for you!
Dr Kahleova (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/21/breakfast-like-king-lunch-like-prince-dine-like-pauper-lose/)