Starting your day with the foods that works best in your body can set the tone for the rest of the day. When you wake up after a night’s sleep, your blood sugar will be low because you haven’t eaten for many hours, therefore it is important to rehydrate and give your body the fuel it needs to maintain energy throughout the day.
A Harvard study of more than 17,000 men found that those who frequently ate breakfast cereal — both refined grain and whole-grain types — consistently weighed less than those who rarely or never ate breakfast cereal.
People who eat breakfast are much more successful at keeping weight off and not binging later in the day. Benefits of breakfast are linked to many health benefits, including more energy, better concentration, higher capacity for learning and higher metabolism.
What you eat for breakfast influences your food choices later in the day.
A balanced breakfast will have small amounts of protein, carbohydrates and will contain fiber and good quality fats. When you include a good protein and healthy fat with whole grains and fruits, it helps to avoid low blood sugar mid morning leaving you craving poor snack choices that are a result of feeling suddenly famished.
Many people feel like they are too busy to eat breakfast, or they are not hungry. Avoiding late night snacks will result in a healthy appetite at breakfast. Even if you don’t feel really hungry, eating a little bit will prevent you getting hungrier later in the morning. Including colourful foods like red apples, berries or dark leafy greens will assure that you also get plenty of polyphenol antioxidants.
There are many foods that you can include in your breakfast. If you find yourself always running out of time in the morning, smoothies containing fruits, veggies, Apple Boost, flax seeds, nuts or yogurt all are a great alternative. If you prefer a warm breakfast, a bowl of quinoa, millet or oatmeal garnished with chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruits and sprinkled Apple Boost is another healthy option. Free range or organic eggs, organic cow or goats cheese, or natural turkey sausages are also a favourite when you need extra energy.