There’s no real middle ground when it comes to breakfast. You either love it and eat more than you do at lunch, or you’re good for the day with just a cup of coffee.
But one thing is clear- when they say it’s the most important meal of the day, they’re right. And even if you are one of those people who wakes up with their tummy shut, you’ve got to make an effort to work up an appetite.
That said, we’ve got to watch what we eat, because if we’re going to have an unhealthy breakfast, we’re better off having none at all. Below are some foods you can mix and match in your breakfasts, that will help you recharge and start the day off right.
Coffee or tea
Of course! The smell of coffee brewing in the morning is enough to rouse the dead: Coffee improves our alertness and mental performance and helps burn extra calories throughout the day. What’s more, the antioxidants in coffee protect the arteries and help prevent diabetes. And, if you’re not a coffee lover, you can opt for tea or herbal infusions.
Having an American-style breakfast once in a while can be good for us, since it will ward off hunger pangs throughout the day and help balance the amount of food we eat at each meal. Moreover, eggs contain antioxidants that help our eyesight and are a great source of choline, an essential substance for brain performance.
It has more protein than normal yoghurt, making it ideal for maintaining muscle mass. Full fat is better than low fat because it contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which boosts your metabolism and helps burn fat.
We’ve told you many times about the benefits of nuts: magnesium, potassium, healthy fats, good for the memory and the heart. Throw a small handful on your breakfast.
The best antioxidants: currants, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries… And they’re high in fibre too.
Perfect for intestinal imbalances, very rich in soluble fibre and in antioxidants.
Ready to start the day off on the right foot?