Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and it’s integral to set yourself up right so you can feel your best both emotionally and physically. A healthy breakfast can make the world of difference to how you feel and give you the energy and sustenance you need to get through the day.
Below are some tips to help you get the most from your breakfasts…
- Look at the nutritional value of foods. Certain foods such as oatmeal (porridge) can help you to feel fuller for longer so you don’t feel as hungry. While other foods such as starchy carbs (like toast, cereal, etc) will not fill you up in the same way and may leave you craving even more of these same foods. A balanced breakfast will include a source of good fat such as avocado, nuts or a protein source like oily fish. Smoothies with chia seeds added in or hot cereal and coconut oil are also excellent sources of protein.
- Choose to eat more at breakfast time. Eating a bigger meal at breakfast can help you to feel fuller for longer. Choosing a healthy protein source is recommended as it can prevent you from snacking on the wrong things later on.
- Explore new recipe ideas. There is a world of recipes out there waiting to be discovered so it’s up to you to go out and find them! Breakfast inspiration comes in many shapes and forms from smoothies to oatmeal, nuts, seeds and much more. Check places such as Pinterest and Instagram for recipe ideas, or consult recipe sites like Really Healthy Foods.
- Prepare food in advance. This can make it easy to have healthy breakfasts, especially if you are always on the go and live a very active lifestyle. Prepare fresh fruit and nuts/seeds, make your own oatmeal and save in a container or have some apple slices and high-protein nut butter readily available so you can snack on these should you be feeling hungry. Preparing food in advance is ideal if you are work a lot or aren’t around to enjoy a simple and healthy breakfast at home.
- Discover unusual ingredients. There are so many foods waiting to be discovered, so take the time to explore and find new and exciting ingredients such as chia, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth and tahini amongst others. You may be able to find many healthy and nutritious alternatives to some of your favourite dishes that will keep you satiated.