Eat Up! The Benefits of Breakfast

We often hear breakfast being described as ‘the most important meal of the day’. But just how important is breakfast really? Wouldn’t we all rather wait to have a lunch and dinner, with a lot more choice of food and a great variety of restaurants and cafes to choice from?

Although breakfast might seem to be taking up much needed time in the mornings as we are dragging ourselves into University or work, it cannot be denied that having a good breakfast every morning is vitally important to your well-being and general health.

Energy for the day

When we wake up in the morning, our bodies have spent all night going through a repair and detoxify ritual (free of charge!). The best way to reward our bodies for all of its hard work is to start the day by eating well. A breakfast full of nutrients and vitamins will give you energy for the day ahead and stop you from feeling tired, whether you are running for the bus, attending a meeting or simply going out for a day of shopping.

Great for weight control

Breakfast is a vital tool to help keep your weight at a good level. If you eat breakfast in the morning, you are less likely to snack throughout the day. This will allow you to keep on top of the meals you eat and make healthy choices with your food.

A big brain boost

Once you have eaten breakfast, and you have that energy in your body for the day, you are ready to concentrate and be fully awake for whatever the day throws at you. If nothing else, you won’t spend your whole morning thinking about what to have for lunch later on, leaving you time to think about the more important things in life.

Healthy living, healthy lifestyle

Breakfast is great in assisting you in leading a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are on a diet or just trying to keep on top of what you are eating, if you have healthy breakfasts, it sets you up for a healthy diet. It is also a great reason to get your 5-a-day before 9am.

The benefits of breakfast food

The health benefits of certain breakfast foods include:

  • Porridge – Full of fibre to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Fruit – Grapefruit contains a great amount of vitamin A and C. Always a great excuse to get out the blender and make some delicious smoothies.
  • Yoghurt – Also full of protein and fruit can be added to make a tasty breakfast.
  • Eggs – Packed full of protein, to help keep your body strong, and build up muscle mass.
  • Green Tea – A mug of goodness to help fight against cancer and boost your immune system.
  • Coffee – Full of antioxidants, known to help improve liver function and reduce stress and depression.

An old-fashioned fry up is of course allowed as a treat once in a while, we wouldn’t want to miss out on that! As long as you have breakfast each morning, you are starting the day in the best way possible. Happy eating!

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