Demanding work schedules, hectic home lives and full social calendars mean that most of us are living incredibly busy lifestyles. With so much to think about on a daily basis, you probably don’t put much thought into your breakfast. Whether you’re on autopilot as you wearily reach for the bread-bin or your box of cereal or you skip it altogether, the importance of breakfast often gets overlooked.
You’ve probably heard it a hundred times before but it really is true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As the meal that kick starts your metabolism and gives you energy for the day ahead, it deserves some attention! With this in mind, here’s how to get the best out of breakfast time.
Choose a good cereal
Breakfast cereals are a great way to get the day underway as it is both tasty and nutritious. Crunchy oats are not only delicious but also release their energy slowly, which helps you stay fuller for longer and keeps you going until lunchtime. Oats are a great source of insoluble fibre and if you team them with dried fruit you can get an early start on ticking off your five–a-day.
Muesli is an equally good choice and is made with wholegrain cereals that keep your tummy satisfied until lunchtime. The perfect blend of oats, toasted wheat flakes, juicy fruit and crunchy nuts makes it incredibly moreish!
Mix it up
Don’t get stuck in a breakfast rut! With lots of different variations on the same cereal, alternating between breakfast choices is easy and ensures you look forward to enjoying your first meal of the day. Variety is the spice of life, so why not try your hand at a few simple recipes and treat yourself to a breakfast smoothie? Throw some muesli, yoghurt, honey, milk, banana and strawberries into a blender and voila!
Fruit is also a great way to add some colour and nutrition to your breakfast. If you get a chance at evenings or weekends, make a large fruit salad that you can dip into throughout the week or choose a different piece each day to accompany your cereal and give you a vitamin C boost.
Get up 15 minutes early
The prospect of setting your alarm even earlier may fill you with horror but it can have a dramatic effect on how you start the day. Chomping your way through breakfast as quickly as you can in order to stick to the day’s schedule can make you feel stressed, not to mention leave you feeling unwell
Setting aside more time to eat breakfast also gives you the chance to enjoy your food. You may not have eaten for around 12 hours, but breakfast is more than just a fuel stop.Take the time to savour the delicious flavours and texturesand learn to really enjoy your food.