Breakfast for thought

We’ve all heard how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and how it can influence your whole day, either improving it or hindering your efforts. Why is it important then? And does it matter what you have for breakfast?

Numerous studies have shown that having a proper breakfast can influence multiple things, such as reducing cravings and overeating, improving heart health and also, skipping breakfast can cause an increase in appeal of high calorie foods.. Enough reasons to not skip breakfast? Good!

If you’re used to skipping breakfast altogether, start slowly. Building an appetite for breakfast can take time, start off with a light bite such as a piece of fruit or low-fat yoghurt that you can even have on the go, if time is limited. After a while, you will notice that you actually have an appetite in the morning and might want to eat a slightly bigger breakfast.

As to what you should be having for breakfast each morning is not as simple, not everyone can have the same things due to time restrictions, food preferences and allergies/intolerances. If you stop for a minute, think what you could be having for breakfast, try to prepare it in the evening (especially if your mornings are hectic), something like an overnight oat with frozen berries and some seeds to top it off. When you’re starting to eat breakfast, you might find that having cold breakfasts are easier to stomach and even having two smaller breakfasts - an apple at home and an overnight oat (prepared in the evening) to take to work and have there – might work for you.

Studies have found that having good quality protein in the morning keeps hunger at bay for longer, for example having a scrambled egg with wholemeal toast, which only takes a few minutes to prepare but keeps you feeling full for hours. When you’ve mastered the art of eating breakfast, you might find yourself becoming quite experimental with your brekkies and actually waiting for morning to come around so that you can have your favourite breakfast again.. Watch out!

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