Breakfast - The Facts
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” – we’ve heard it a million times, but is it actually true? Some of us can’t stomach it – and there’s no reason to force yourself to eat early if you don’t want to. But what you eat for your first meal of the day – whenever it is – is really important! A healthy, satisfying breakfast can be crucial in keeping your energy levels stable, and stopping cravings for sugary snacks later on.
Eating a breakfast which releases energy slowly can keep you satisfied until lunch and is thought to improve your concentration, memory and general mood; just like your other organs, your brain needs energy to function at its best!
Here are some hints and tips on how to do breakfast right:
- It sounds simple, but if you don’t have time for breakfast in the morning, try setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier - it’s all about changing your habits! You could even prepare your breakfast the night before so it’s there ready to eat when you wake.
- If you struggle to find time to eat breakfast before you leave for work, why not take enough healthy breakfast ingredients into work for the whole week on Monday morning, and prepare and eat in the workplace?
- If you’re someone who never feels like eating in the morning, try introducing it a little at a time. Start with a glass of water and a piece of fruit and build from there.
- Tip: drink a glass of water when you wake up. Six to eight hours is a long time to go without any water, so rehydrate with a glass of water when you wake up. It’ll make you more alert and boost your energy so you might be less tempted to seek a temporary energy boost from a sugary snack later in the day.
- If you skip breakfast you’re likely to either gorge on sugary snacks mid-morning, or be starving by lunchtime making it harder to choose a salad over a cheeseburger!
- Don’t just rely on coffee. Coffee might give you a pick-me-up in the morning, but it’s a temporary caffeine boost and doesn’t contain any nutrients that can help nourish your body and set you up for the day ahead.
Read more about starting the day right here.