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The importance of breakfast

The importance of breakfast

After a long night of restful slumber, waking to a healthy, nutrient rich meal is the best way to start the day. And it is not just due to its effect on building a strong metabolism that makes it so beneficial. Breakfast also important as it often contains some of the healthiest wholefoods you will eat all day!

Building metabolism

Many people believe that the simple fact of eating breakfast will keep you thin due to its role in boosting your metabolism. But there are a few flaws to this argument. Imagine, for a moment, eating a chocolate croissant every day for breakfast. Whilst tasty and decadent, making a ‘once in a while’ food an everyday food, means you will start your day with a blood sugar spike second to none, and with foods that contain more calories than they do fibre or nutrients.

Wholefoods are best

Instead, to properly build your metabolism, your breakfast should include whole fruit (limit juices to 150ml per serving and think more about fruit salad, mixed berries or stewed apple as an alternative option), whole-grains (whole grains are a great source of complex carbohydrates, fibre and protein - think oats, quinoa, whole-grain artisan bread or a multigrain alternative free from preservatives) and some nuts or seeds (such as almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds or pepitas). Fermented food such as good quality natural yoghurt is also a great choice as it provides the body with protein whilst supporting the health of your digestive system. Just make sure to choose the best quality dairy your budget can allow when choosing dairy. Organic is best, but any natural (unsweetened) whole milk yoghurt is ideal.

Having these nutrient dense foods in the first meal of the day, ensures your body has adequate energy to make it all the way to lunchtime or a healthy mid-morning snack, without leading you to overindulge in coffee or high sugar snacks for that extra energy hit.

Don’t forget hydration

With all this talk about food, it can be easy to forget that your 2-3L of water a day should start as soon as you wake. In fact before you even think about what tasty wholefood treat you are going to whip up for breakfast, start with a glass of fresh, filtered water. If plain water isn’t your thing or you would like to boost the health benefits of this early morning beverage, squeeze some lemon juice in the water, as a sure fire way to kick start your digestive system and support healthy clearance of toxins through your liver.

Timing is everything

One of the biggest reasons we tend to choose high calorie foods for breakfast can simply be their convenience. It is easier to pick up a donut on the way to the bus stop, then cut up fruit or cook an egg whilst we are chasing our flatmates out of the shower or trying to get the kids ready for school. When it comes to making the decision to eat a healthy diet, preparation is everything – so ensure you make the right choices by cutting your fruit up the night before, and making sure you get up with enough time to spend at least 15 minutes sitting down to and enjoying your breakfast.  

And don’t forget, an easy way to get your fibre, protein and complex carbohydrates is to combine them all in a nutrient dense healthy smoothie! 

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The importance of breakfast

After a long night of restful slumber, waking to a healthy, nutrient rich meal is the best way to start the day. And it is not just due to its effect on building a strong metabolism that makes it so beneficial. Breakfast also important as it often contains some of the healthiest wholefoods you will eat all day!

After a long night of restful slumber, waking to a healthy, nutrient rich meal is the best way to start the day. And it is not just due to its effect on building a strong metabolism that makes it so beneficial. Breakfast also important as it often contains some of the healthiest wholefoods you will eat all day!

Building metabolism

Many people believe that the simple fact of eating breakfast will keep you thin due to its role in boosting your metabolism. But there are a few flaws to this argument. Imagine, for a moment, eating a chocolate croissant every day for breakfast. Whilst tasty and decadent, making a ‘once in a while’ food an everyday food, means you will start your day with a blood sugar spike second to none, and with foods that contain more calories than they do fibre or nutrients.

Wholefoods are best

Instead, to properly build your metabolism, your breakfast should include whole fruit (limit juices to 150ml per serving and think more about fruit salad, mixed berries or stewed apple as an alternative option), whole-grains (whole grains are a great source of complex carbohydrates, fibre and protein - think oats, quinoa, whole-grain artisan bread or a multigrain alternative free from preservatives) and some nuts or seeds (such as almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds or pepitas). Fermented food such as good quality natural yoghurt is also a great choice as it provides the body with protein whilst supporting the health of your digestive system. Just make sure to choose the best quality dairy your budget can allow when choosing dairy. Organic is best, but any natural (unsweetened) whole milk yoghurt is ideal.

Having these nutrient dense foods in the first meal of the day, ensures your body has adequate energy to make it all the way to lunchtime or a healthy mid-morning snack, without leading you to overindulge in coffee or high sugar snacks for that extra energy hit.

Don’t forget hydration

With all this talk about food, it can be easy to forget that your 2-3L of water a day should start as soon as you wake. In fact before you even think about what tasty wholefood treat you are going to whip up for breakfast, start with a glass of fresh, filtered water. If plain water isn’t your thing or you would like to boost the health benefits of this early morning beverage, squeeze some lemon juice in the water, as a sure fire way to kick start your digestive system and support healthy clearance of toxins through your liver.

Timing is everything

One of the biggest reasons we tend to choose high calorie foods for breakfast can simply be their convenience. It is easier to pick up a donut on the way to the bus stop, then cut up fruit or cook an egg whilst we are chasing our flatmates out of the shower or trying to get the kids ready for school. When it comes to making the decision to eat a healthy diet, preparation is everything – so ensure you make the right choices by cutting your fruit up the night before, and making sure you get up with enough time to spend at least 15 minutes sitting down to and enjoying your breakfast.  

And don’t forget, an easy way to get your fibre, protein and complex carbohydrates is to combine them all in a nutrient dense healthy smoothie! 

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