Incredibly, 1 in 10 people in Britain skip breakfast and those who do bother to eat in the mornings take an average 9.8 minutes to do so. It is the most important meal of the day and we should learn to treat it as this! It’s 7.30 am; you’ve just left the house and are about to head for work. You go to start the car but realise you’ve forgotten to fill up on petrol…car ain’t going anywhere.
Ignoring breakfast is much the same – your body needs fuel in order to function effectively and so neglecting breakfast is not healthy.
The proof is in the name: break-fast.
When we sleep, it’s like fasting for 6-8 hours, and so in order to restock our bodies and gain enough energy to take on the day, we must break that fast by eating and providing our bodies with essential nutrients, vitamins and calcium. If you’re not a regular breakfast eater – try it and we reckon you’ll certainly feel the benefits.
According to the NHS:
"Eating breakfast has long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes."
So, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
Below, we’ve given you some great ideas for breakfast, both quick snacks and hearty meals that will fill you until lunch. Additionally if you workout in the mornings it’s vitally important that you fuel your body correctly, both for performance and so you don’t burn out.
- 2-3 cups of oatmeal mixed in a glass with milk (or water) and a scoop of whey protein. (good quick n’ easy option)
- 2-3 Eggs (how you like them) on Wholemeal toast.
- Fruit (frozen berries great with this) mixed with Natural Yoghurt – add oats and flavoured protein to this if you like.
- Tuna on Toast – not exactly your typical breakfast – but great protein and will give you energy to attack the day.
- Cottage Cheese Pancakes – add salt, pepper and nutmeg for added flavor.
With breakfast comes an increase in:
- Weight Management/portion control
- Being a good role model – if you don’t skip breakfast your kids won’t either.
Break that fast!