Breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day! I’ve got my body into such a routine whereby it cannot function properly if I don’t have a delicious breakfast to start the day. You’ve probably heard a lot of reports suggesting that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I agree! So this blog post is dedicated to all things breakfast. What to have for breakfast, when to have breakfast and why breakfast is so important! So let’s get things started…
Why is breakfast so important?
1. Breakfast literally means ‘break the fast’. Our bodies have been in a fasting state overnight, so breakfast is a key meal in getting our bodies up and running again after fasting a number of hours whilst we sleep! Whilst our bodies are fasting, our blood sugar levels drop considerably because we haven’t eaten any foods in a while. Breakfast is important to regulate these blood sugar levels and pump our bodies with nutrients to stop us feeling lethargic or light headed.
2. Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to consume healthy nutrients which help our bodies fight disease, help refuel our cells and promote a healthy digestive system! Starting the day with a bowl of porridge, a chia pudding, or even a fruit and veggie smoothie will help promote fat loss as our metabolism and digestive system get revved up by eating breakfast.
3. We are more likely to eat healthily throughout the day and not reach for those sugary snacks! Eating breakfast helps keep you fuller for longer. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have greater weight loss than people who skip breakfast, for the simple reason that they aren’t reaching for sugary quick snacks as they are perfectly full from a healthy breakfast. People who eat breakfast also have a clearer mindset as their cells have been efficiently fuelled ensuring that their brain cells are ready for action and can concentrate more effectively!
4. We need the energy! It is recommended that we consume 2000-2500 calories per day depending on what your body needs and how active you are. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to either under eat throughout the day as you are missing a vital meal, or you are more likely to overeat as you’re compensating your earlier hunger with fatty, sugary snacks as your brain is telling you your body needs energy.
When should we eat breakfast?
So now we know that breakfast is vital in maintaining a happy and healthy body. But when should we eat breakfast? Reports show that we should eat something as soon as we rise to get our bodies up and running. Other reports show that we should wait until rising and sitting down a little while later to eat a bigger breakfast.
Personally, I make sure I eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up. I like to make sure my body is refuelled and my blood sugar levels are restored as quickly as possible after I’ve finished sleeping. This makes sure my mind is clearer and my body is no longer hungry. Before I have breakfast I make sure I drink some water to make sure my body is hydrated after going eight hours or so without any fluids.
For the optimal health benefits, I would recommend eating breakfast as soon as possible after you’ve woken up to raise those energy levels and get that metabolism burning fat as soon as possible!
What should we eat for breakfast?
Reports suggest that if you are looking to burn fat and lose weight then you should start your day with a high-protein breakfast. A high-protein breakfast can consist of eggs, salmon and some spinach; a bowl of oats with egg whites; a green smoothie with added protein powder, or even delicious pancakes can be a perfect breakfast idea!
The benefits of a high-protein breakfast include keeping you satisfied and fuller for longer. Eating protein, instead of sugar for example, will stop you wanting to reach for those unhealthy snacks later in the day. Protein is also important in lowering bad cholesterol which helps maintain a healthy body and mind.
You should try and avoid high sugar cereals and nutritionally sparse breakfast such as a slice of toast with jam, or fried bread, as these breakfasts do not provide our bodies with the nutrition we need for a healthy lifestyle. Sugar is incredibly high in calories yet it provides no nutritional benefits at all. In fact, sugar has been equated to having the same addiction effect that cocaine has on the human body. Being such a highly addictive substance means most of us find it difficult to give up the white stuff, but we can make some simple swaps and still get our sweet fix! Try swapping refined sugar for ripe bananas, pure maple syrup, or coconut sugar for a healthier alternative. If you’re looking for a healthier cereal option that omits refined white sugar then I would highly recommend checking out Spoon Cereals.
A few of my favourite breakfast recipes are:
I hope you enjoy this post! 🙂 x