Why Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day

Its easy to forget to eat breakfast on a morning when you are rushing around getting ready for work or taking the kids to school. However, taking an extra few minutes or prepping a breakfast could really make a difference to your day.

Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after fasting overnight, and is essential to kick starting your metabolism. Often people think that skipping a meal will help them lose weight, when infact the opposite may happen instead, especially when it comes to breakfast. If you think about the time you last ate and when you will eat lunch, this is a long time for your body to function from the food you last consumed. This may lead to your body beginning to store fat as an energy source, in time resulting in increased possibility of weight gain. Also, if you don't eat breakfast, you're much more likely to end up snacking mid morning. Your body will tend to crave sugary foods at this time, due to the drop in glucose levels throughout the night. So if you do skip breakfast try and prepare a healthy snack to keep you going until lunchtime. Below are a few ideas that will provide you with that extra boost.

Peanut butter & banana rice cakes

5g crunchy peanut butter

2 unsalted rice cakes

1 sliced banana

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100g of mixed Berries, cherries

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I often hear from people the reason why they don't eat breakfast is because they often then find themselves hungry again around mid morning. As breakfast kick starts your metabolism of course your body will burn energy a lot quicker, but it isn't a bad thing that your body feels hungry again. It is a healthy sign that your body is functioning correctly and energy sources are being used effectively. If you find that this happens to you often try eating a breakfast that contains slow release carbohydrates such as oats. Porridge oats contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fibre. For extra flavour try adding some fruit such as mixed berries, blueberries or even banana.

40 g dried porridge oats

80 g bananas/berries of your choice

100 ml semi skimmed milk

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For those who are short for time on a morning, overnight oats are a great breakfast to prepare which is quick and easy, and ready to go in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal quick or rolled
  • 2 1/2 cups semi skimmed milk
  • 5 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla

Toppings

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh fruit

Instructions

  1. Scoop 1/2 cup oatmeal into each of 5 mason jars (I used 1/2 pint jars). Add 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to each jar. Stir contents of each jar; cover and refrigerate overnight. Top each jar with 1/2 cup of fruit.

     

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Cereals

For those who may not like porridge oats, and much prefer cereals. Try and choose one that contains wholegrain and is low in salt and sugar. You could either serve with semi skimmed milk or a low fat yogurt. 

Overall there are lots of variations of breakfasts you can enjoy that are quick and easy. Once you get yourself into a routine of preparing breakfast and find something you enjoy, it will become a lot easier, and you will feel much more energised for the rest of the day.

Rachel Nichols