Did you know that more than half of us regularly skip breakfast, with a lack of time being the most common excuse? If we do get the chance to enjoy a morning meal, our choices aren’t always the most nutritious – think banana bread, muffins or even a slice of toast – and can leave us feeling tired and lethargic. But feeling more energetic could be as simple as making the time for a nutritious breakfast.
Why is breakfast important?
Breakfast literally means to break-the-fast. With 8-10 hours since your last meal, your body is crying out for some much needed fuel in the morning to give it the kick-start it needs to get into the day. Eating breakfast makes it easier for you to concentrate, improves your memory and boosts your mood. It also boosts your daily intake of important nutrients like fibre, iron and calcium. Breakfast eaters are likely to be lighter than people who skip breakfast, as they are less likely to reach for sugary and fatty snacks to boost energy levels.
What makes a good breakfast?
A nutritious breakfast should contain minimally processed carbohydrates that are generally higher in fibre and have a lower glycaemic index (GI). Foods with a low GI like rolled oats are slowly digested and absorbed in the body, providing longer lasting energy. Including a source of protein like dairy products is also recommended as protein helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Dairy products like yogurt are also a source of calcium, which is important for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Adding fruit, nuts or seeds to your breakfast will also boost fibre content.
Time Savings Breakfast Ideas
Prepare homemade yogurt in bulk: Taking just five minutes out of your weekend will ensure you have enough homemade EasiYo yogurt for a whole week of breakfasts. Adding EasiYo yogurt to your breakfast will not only boost your calcium intake, it will also up your intake of good bacteria thanks to the active cultures it contains. EasiYo has a variety of flavours to choose from so you will never be bored.
Look for easy on-the-go option: Revamp your morning breakfast routine with a Mason jar or EasiYo Lunchtaker full of your favourite muesli, fruit, nuts and EasiYo yogurt. You could also take five minutes the night before to make a jar full of Overnight Oats. Grab the jar out of the fridge as you run out the door, and enjoy on the bus, after your gym session or at your desk.
Make a breakfast smoothie: Roll out of bed five minutes earlier and make yourself a delicious breakfast smoothie. Add your favourite fruit, nuts, seeds and greens, or try our Super Smoothie.
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