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Should I eat breakfast? – I’m sure we all know now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Break down the word: Break Fast, you are literally breaking the fast you have endured overnight whilst sleeping. It is, or should be, the first meal, the first thing you eat in the day, since your evening meal the day before.
Why should I eat breakfast?
- Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism
- It helps your body burn calories throughout the day
- It gives you the required energy to carry out your morning tasks
- It promotes good health, memory and concentration
- It helps loweryour cholesterol
- It reduces the risk of diabetes and heartdisease
- It fills you up until lunch, reducing the desire to snack.
What should I eat for breakfast and why?
So now we know the benefits, what should we be eating?
As with any healthy eating (or ‘diet’), breakfast should have a good level of Macros;
While there is a huge variety of breakfast cereals available in your supermarket, many of them contain far too much sugar. And even if they don’t we get into the habit of sweetening them with a spoonful of sugar, or more!
Avoid the sugary cereals, you know, the ones kids love, the frosted flakes, the honey-coated corn, the ones that turn the milk chocolatey. Don’t even buy them!
Do not be fooled into thinking that granola is a healthy breakfast – it is high in oils and sugar.
There are also cereals that have added protein. Avoid them too, you just don’t need them. Remember, you are probably getting your required protein from your healthy meals throughout the day. Plus, those protein breakfasts are heavily over-priced!
As with all our guides, we are going to keep it simple. This is my favourite, go-to breakfast, because it provides me with what I need, it’s cheap and simple to make.
Sounds quite boring at first glance, so let’s see how we can make it a little more appealing, and tastier, without adding a handful of sugar.
- Half a cup of Porridge Oats
- Half a Banana
- Half an Apple
- One teaspoon of Cinnamon
- Almond Milk
- Put the oats and milk in a saucepan
- Chop up the fruit and add to the pan with the cinnamon
- Cook slowly until cooked, should only take 1-2 minutes.
That’s it! Nice, quick and easy.
Of course, you can choose whichever fruit you like. Just use one whole banana or apple.
You could alternatively sweeten with tablespoon of raisins or sultanas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries – though I would add these after cooking the porridge and cinnamon.
Check out this YouTube video for more.
To get your morning protein fix, an easy and healthy breakfast is a good portion of eggs. Have this instead of, or after your porridge oats.
Just cook three large free-range eggs in a pan, with low-calorie cooking spray, with some freshly ground black pepper (NO SALT).
Try adding: Smoked Salmon, Tomatoes, Chives, Watercress or Spinach, or a combination.
What should I drink with my breakfast?
Water and/or black coffee.
Start your day with an ice-cold glass of water, then have your breakfast, then a nice hot cup of black coffee or green tea, with no sugar or sweeteners.
Let us know if you have found a tastier, healthy breakfast.
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