Boost your breakfast

04/03/2014

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You may have kids to dress or appointments to attend, but eating a nutritious breakfast should be at the top of your priority list each morning. Here’s why.

Not only does your morning meal break the overnight fasting period, but it replenishes your supply of glucose and other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

Breakfast can also improve alertness, concentration, mental performance and memory, as well as help you maintain a healthy weight.

Research from Harvard University found that eating a healthy breakfast may even reduce the risk of heart disease. It seems skipping breakfast, or eating a meal very late at night, can cause changes to metabolism that may lead to coronary heart disease.

So what breakfast foods should we be eating? Like any meal, the key is variety. Aim for a breakfast that’s low in saturated fat and high in fibre, with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Breakfast inspiration:

  • Make your own muesli by toasting some oats, then add your favourite combination of seeds, nuts and fruit.
  • Create your own fruit smoothie with milk, fresh fruit, natural yoghurt and Manuka Honey.
  • Nothing beats the traditional wholemeal bread with natural butter and Vegemite, or a bowl of wholegrain cereal with milk. Add some fresh fruit for a well-rounded breakfast that’s nice and simple.
  • Bake a frittata on the weekend and have it in the fridge ready to go. Add mushroom, spinach, ham or potatoes for a delicious meal that will keep you full until lunchtime.
  • If the thought of eating first thing in the morning makes you feel queasy, consider eating breakfast mid-morning, or prepare a healthy snack like fruit, yoghurt, a natural muffin or wholemeal sandwich to keep you going il lunch.

Feel like something different? Try these low-fat fruit muffins, which can be frozen for up to one month.

Fruitburst Muffins