This week is breakfast week. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day as your body has been running on empty all night. It affects the way you metabolise glucose for energy throughout the day.
I’ll admit that I’m not great at eating breakfast – I often don’t have time as I’m rushing to get my boys up and out in time for school. But I do always make sure that they have something healthier inside them.
If, like 25% of the working population, you skip breakfast once a week – or even more worryingly one of the 10% who never eat it – or would like to improve what you eat, here are a few tips to help.
If you are a toast and jam person, try swapping your white bread for wholemeal bread with mashed banana. The wholemeal bread will help you feel fuller for longer and will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable whilst the banana will provide potassium.
If you normally turn to cereal, try a wholewheat breakfast biscuit with blueberries. The berries will not only add sweetness but also fibre, vitamins and phytonutrients.
If you can’t face eating, how about a smoothie? Full of vitamins and flavour, you could also sneak in some spinach or kale for a really powerful punch of nutritional greens that are easily digested and the flavour is disguised by the fruit.
Scrambled egg with smoked salmon is another delicious way to eat yourself healthy. Eggs are packed with iron and the salmon is a great source of healthy fats and protein.
A simple pancake can be made by blitzing egg and banana together and either dry frying or cooking in a waffle maker. Topped with fruit and natural or Greek yogurt adds calcium protein and plenty of vitamins.
And of course, your big cooked breakfast treat on a Sunday morning can also be tweaked to be healthier. By swapping out your fried egg for a poached egg and grilling lean bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms instead of firing up your frying pan will reduce saturated fat and potentially save you over 300 calories!