As a new year begins, many Brits are on a mission to take better care of themselves and nourish their bodies with good food, so they can maintain or improve their health. If you’ve jumped on the “new year, new me” bandwagon, it’s likely you’ve committed to drinking a little less alcohol, actually hitting your five-a-day and maybe even resurrecting that long-forgotten gym membership.
However, you may not have considered one of the most important factors in getting fit and healthy, breakfast. Chances are you’ve probably heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but do you know what should be on your plate to fuel your body first thing in the morning?
Here, we explore the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and outline some of the best options.
Why is it important to eat a good breakfast?
Starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal will ensure you have enough energy to get through the morning and will help you feel full for longer. If you don’t fuel your body with a nutritious meal, you’re more likely to feel hungry before lunchtime, which could lead to snacking on unhealthy foods.
Why should you avoid sugary breakfasts?
It’s best to avoid eating breakfasts which are high in sugar, such as cereals like Coco Pops and Frosties. Sugar causes insulin levels in the body to spike, providing you with a quick burst of energy before suddenly falling, leading you to feel lethargic and sluggish. As your body’s insulin levels drop, you’ll be more likely to experience a craving for something sweet, encouraging you to eat more high sugar foods and perpetuating the vicious cycle.
How do you make a healthy cooked breakfast?
Just because you’re trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cooked breakfast. While a full English is far from nutritious, you can easily swap some of the ingredients for reduced fat versions. For example, using turkey bacon instead of pork bacon and swapping cooking oil for low-calorie spray oils. It’s also worth investing in a high-quality frying pan to cook food without burning it.
What are some examples of a healthy breakfast?
A low-sugar granola or muesli with yoghurt is a great option. Granola and muesli contain high fibre cereal and dried fruit, while yoghurt contains calcium to strengthen your bones and teeth. Many yoghurts contain probiotics which help promote the growth of good bacteria in your stomach.
Choose a Greek yoghurt for extra protein which is essential for maintaining muscle mass as well as keeping you full through the morning. Porridge is also a great breakfast if you prefer something a little heartier. Oats are made from wholegrains and are high in fibre which promotes a healthy gut.