Breakfast – most important meal of the day?

Do you skip breakfast? Does your breakfast consist of a strong cup of tea or coffee on the way to work and nothing else?

There have been many studies about whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, some contradictory and some inconclusive.  Generally they recommend not fasting for too long.  We would not recommend missing breakfast.  After a night’s sleep your body has effectively been starved, so to continue starving until lunch time will leave you feeling hungry – and moody.  When our resilience is down it is so easy to reach for an unhealthy snack and another caffeine shot.

By having a nutritious healthy breakfast you are fuelling your body and brain for the day.  You also need to re-hydrate after a night’s sleep, so a large glass of water is a good idea.  If you don’t like plain water, then add a slice of lemon, cucumber or ginger.

If you do have a long commute with a little preparation you can organise a healthy breakfast.  You can make up a tub of granola or Bircher muesli the night before, leave it in the fridge, ready for the journey the next day.  This breakfast food is made up of lots of nutritious ingredients, slow burn carbohydrates (the oats), protein in the yogurt and milk, natural sugars and vitamins in the fruits you use.

For children, it’s even more important they eat breakfast before going to school. By having a nutritious start to the day, it is helping sustain their energy levels and their mood which will of course affect behaviour at school.  Eating a healthy breakfast will also help in developing their brain. The brain is the biggest muscle in the body and it needs feeding!

If you’ve got into the habit of skipping breakfast, try and break the habit!


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