As it’s National Breakfast Week this week (24-30 January) I thought it would be appropriate to post something breakfast related. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many reasons, however there are still many people who skip it saying that they’re “not hungry” or “don’t have time”. The stats from a recent survey claim that a staggering 45% of people admit that they skip breakfast at least once a week! Is it just me or is something wrong?
If you think that not eating breakfast will consequent in you shedding fat, you’re wrong. That’s a huge misconception. There is a very true saying – “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” unfortunately our modern culture too ofter turns that on its head. Eating a good balanced breakfast which includes carbs, protein and ideally fruit or veg kick starts your metabolism, helping your body burn food throughout the day more efficiently. It also helps to reduce hunger pangs and cravings. If you dissect the word ‘breakfast’ you get break and fast, so to breakfast means to break your fast (not eating during sleep). Breakfast sets you up for the day and, if you eat slow-release energy foods such as bananas and oats, this should see you through until lunch.
My favourite things to eat for breakfast include:
- Overnight oats (oats, chia and flax seeds, water and coconut milk left in the fridge overnight in a mason jar; you could also add sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds too)
- Juices and smoothies (any fruit or veg on hand juiced up, blitzed with banana and yogurt for a smoothie)
- Wholegrain/rye toast (topped with a fried egg which I cook in coconut oil, and sliced avocado)
- Breakfast muffins (a healthy recipe, I promise! wholewheat flours, seeds, maple syrup, coconut oil, mashed banana, berries),
- Baked oatmeal ([picture for this post] discovered this recently, love the recipe from Donal Skehan ultra healthy and delicious!)
- Omelettes (high in protein making this one particularly good after a workout – eggs mixed with coconut oil and lots of veggies!),
- Muesli (sometimes homemade or a bought one with very low sugar, both topped with yogurt and fresh fruit)
I usually have all these breakfasts with a piece of fruit (get that 5 a day going!) and always hydrate my body with 1-2 glasses of water, ideally right when I wake up.
Cheesy as it sounds: shake up your wake up. A new year means new habits. Make breakfast top of the list; it is first after all!