More About Breakfast

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some facts about the Importance of Breakfast

  • Breakfast eaters are more likely to be of normal weight compared to non-breakfast eaters. This is important in preventing child obesity.
  • Breakfast improves alertness, concentration, mental performance and memory.
  • Research has shown as many as 1 in 4 children go to school hungry. Those who skip breakfast are more likely to snack on less nutritious meals during the day, resulting on higher intake of fat, which contributes to weight gain.
  • Breakfast can help to increase a person’s mood.  That’s why people get tired and irritable when they miss breakfast.
  • Breakfast eaters have higher intakes of essential nutrients such as carbohydrate, dietary fibre and certain vitamins and minerals. It has been shown that if breakfast is missed, the nutrients normally provided by breakfast are not replaced during the rest of the day.

A healthy breakfast is one which provides a variety of foods, is low in fat and high in carbohydrates. Smart Eating ideas for Breakfast

  • A bowl of wholegrain cereal with low fat milk and sliced fresh fruit.
  • A delicious smoothie made from low fat milk, fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey.
  • Fresh fruit and yoghurt with some wholegrain toast.
  • Bircher muesli with a variety of fruits and nuts added.
  • Pancakes topped with fruit and yoghurt
  • Poached or boiled eggs on wholegrain toast with a glass of fruit juice
  • An omelette made with added vegetables such as onion, mushrooms, spinach and tomato
  • Wholemeal muffins topped with asparagus, tomato and low fat melted cheese
  • Raisin toast spread with ricotta cheese, and a piece of fruit
  • Wholemeal or wholegrain toast with a variety of toppings such as avocado, baked beans, tomatoes, peanut butter (or other nut spread) and a piece of fruit

One of the common reasons that people don’t eat breakfast is that they don’t have enough time before heading out to school or work. Healthy eating does take a bit of forward planning, so here are some tips that might make it easier for you to fit breakfast into your day:

  • Keep a supply of healthy wholegrain cereals in the house, these are quick and easy and very nutritious.
  • If you have trouble getting to the shops regularly, try one of the online shopping services that are available in some areas.
  • Prepare breakfast the night before by setting the table, getting out bowls and cereals etc. This works well for children. You could also prepare Bircher Muesli the night before.
  • Take some snack size cereals to work. Many of these cereals can be eaten in the box with milk added!
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