The jury is still out on breakfast. Some of us can’t wait to bound out of bed and tuck in to our favorite cereals or fruit, while others would rather do anything than face eating so early in the morning, favoring a more sedate mid-morning start. Over my life, I think I’ve done all the different “breakfasts”, early morning, mid morning and not at all. It doesn’t really help that the information out there on the internet is so conflicting either. One study will tell you to “eat when your body tells you you’re ready” to “get those blood sugars under control with an early meal”, it’s hard to know who you should really listen to.
The conflict between diet and exercise does little to help matters. Some runners swear by a fasted run, opting to pound the roads on nothing more than a stiff cup of coffee, while still others swear by fueling your morning exercise routine with a generous helping of oatmeal and banana.
Health and nutrition experts seem to agree on at least one or two things, that breakfast does help kick start your metabolism and does go on to have an impact on what and how much you eat during the rest of your day and on into the evening. I think they’re onto something here, because I know if I start my day off with a healthy breakfast, I do well and eat well all day. On the other hand, if I skip breakfast, I usually tend to eat crappy food all day.
We take a look at some of the best breakfasts on offer and what they give in terms of energy and nutrition.
When A Calorie Isn’t Just A Calorie
Nutritionists will tell you that the body will use a calorie from a piece of processed food, such as a sugary breakfast cereal, differently to a calorie gained from a piece of fruit or some oats. Not all calories are created equal and recognizing this is key to starting your day with food your body can actually use to give you a boost of energy and tell your brain that it’s time to get going.
Sticking to sugary foods will give you an initial bump of energy but send you crashing soon after, leaving you hungry and craving yet more sugar.
For most people a little bit of all the food groups, including carbohydrate, protein, fats and so on will be just fine for breakfast, although this may vary slightly if you are following a specific exercise training program. For the vast majority however, here’s how breakfast might look:
When it comes to our morning meal we tend to stick with what we know, usually out of convenience and time, but now is the moment to ditch the sugary sweet cereals and cook up some oatmeal for an all round powerhouse of a breakfast. With its cholesterol-lowering fiber and host of vitamins and fatty acids, this breakfast can only be improved with a little fruit and honey.
If you’re bored of eggs then consider shaking up your morning order with an omelet packed full of last night’s veg, chicken and cheese. From tasty frittatas to spicy rancheros huevos, your over easy is a thing of the past.
Even good old reliables such as toast don’t have to be a bore-fest of butter and jelly. Shake it up with almond butter, a great healthy alternative to peanut butter, mashed up with bananas. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, how about some avocado toast with fresh chili and a squeeze of lime? Guaranteed to wake up the taste buds.
The New Kids On The Block
But what if you’re on the run and simply don’t have time to cook up a feast? Well, the good news is there are options, lots of them.
With a little preparation the night before you could have yourself a fruit bowl complete with Greek yoghurt sealed and ready to be eaten at work but if that doesn’t quite cut it, you could consider going for a blended smoothie to sip on the train or bus. It’s non-offensive to anyone’s nose and easy to prepare in advance.
The great thing about smoothies is that you can change up your flavors every day. One day you can sip your way through a classic banana and strawberry concoction, while the next a kale smoothie might take your fancy. The key is to experiment and plan ahead so you have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables at your disposal.
If you’re planning on a complete shake up, you might consider trying a premixed drink, there are several on the market but let’s take an in-depth look at Kyani Sunrise ingredients. This powerhouse of a drink is packed with 20 essential vitamins and superfoods that claim to support overall health. These types of drinks are often full of all manner of antioxidants and nutrients that they claim boost and enhance the body’s natural defences.
Steer clear of premixed drinks that contain a lot of sugar and experiment to see which flavours suit you best. While certainly not as cheap as making your own, they can make a good alternative to days when you’re in a rush to get out and haven’t got time to grab a sit down meal.
Now And Again
Let’s face it, once in a while you just a need little sweetness in your life and treating yourself to a delicious breakfast can provide just that. From a traditional cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs and mushrooms to a chocolate croissant or stack of pancakes and syrup, now and again a little bit of something naughty is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Why not take a look at what some of the lifestyle bloggers out there are eating or head over to Instagram the home of food-related inspiration. Just don’t forget to photograph and upload your meal.
Variety really is the spice of life and it’s no wonder that so many of us skip this meal because we can’t face another round of dried toast and uninspiring toppings.
Whether you’re an early eater or a mid-morning grazer, getting breakfast doesn’t have to be a chore that simply needs completing. With a little organisation you can turn your morning snack into an awe-inspiring meal that will be the envy of your colleagues and family and set you up for a full day.
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