The majority of us Brits have grown up with the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, even though research has repeatedly indicated that those who enjoy a proper breakfast tend to be much more alert, perform better in tests, stand a far greater chance of losing weight and are generally happier than those who don’t, an astonishing 20 million of us still regularly skip this first meal of the day.
Below we explain why breakfast is so incredibly important and reveal 3 delicious, energy-packed, superfood breakfasts that are guaranteed to set you up for the rest of your day.
Why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day
Here are five utterly compelling reasons for enjoying a healthy breakfast each and every morning.
1) Breakfast supplies fuel for your day ahead
Your metabolic rate slows down considerably at night – eating a good breakfast effectively kick-starts your metabolism and provides your body with all of the energy and nutrients that it needs to keep it going until lunchtime. Which is why nutritionists recommend enjoying a breakfast that supplies between 20 and 35 percent of your daily calorific intake, within just two hours of waking.
2) Breakfast is good for your brain
Author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Lewis Carroll, once quipped, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” That’s hardly surprising when you consider that consuming breakfast restores glucose levels and that glucose is a carbohydrate that’s necessary for your brain to function. And that countless studies support the theory that eating breakfast significantly improves your memory and heightens concentration. Indeed, the Netherlands considers breakfast so important for their school children, that they even run a so-called National School Breakfast Week, which educates kids on the many merits of a healthy breakfast before class.
3) Breakfast keeps you slim
Interestingly, many ditch breakfast as part of a misguided attempt at weight loss, mistakenly believing that the missed meal will equate to a slimmer waistline. In fact, quite the opposite is true, because eating breakfast re-awakens your metabolism and essentially starts burning the calories. Studies prove that those who eat breakfast have a much better chance of losing weight (and keeping it off for good), as they are far less inclined to reach for sugary snacks and treats mid-morning. Furthermore, research by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh concluded that eating even a very simple breakfast, such as cereal, actively aids weight loss.
4) Breakfast makes you smile
According to yet more research, breakfast demonstrably improves your mood and simultaneously lowers stress levels. Conversely, skipping breakfast leaves you irritable, grumpy, as well as desperately hungry!
5) Breakfast reduces your risk of chronic disease
The NHS claims that eating breakfast comes with some long-term health benefits too, such as reducing your risk of chronic diseases, including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. What better reason for making more time for the most important meal of the day?
3 healthy superfood breakfasts
Poor breakfast choices, such as sugar-laden Danish pastries and doughnuts, simply cannot provide all of the nutrients that your body requires to fuel it until lunchtime, and they’ll also trigger troublesome blood sugar dips later in the morning. A healthy breakfast, crammed with nutrient-dense superfoods on the other hand, will leave you fully sated and ready to take on the world.
1) Get up and go green superfood breakfast smoothie
This gorgeously green superfood breakfast smoothie is packed with nutrient-dense supergreens and, best of all, can be rustled up in next to no time, making it an ideal option for those with a hectic morning schedule.
– 1 green apple
– 1/2 an avocado
– 6 lettuce leaves
– A generous handful of spinach
– 1 stem of broccoli
– 1 small piece of peeled ginger
– 1 teaspoon of organic spirulina powder
Simply pop all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
2) Good morning granola superfood breakfast
This fibre rich, energy packed homemade breakfast granola is literally bursting with wholesome nuts and superfruits, and makes an infinitely superior choice to commercial breakfast cereals loaded with sugar and very little else.
Just place all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix and serve with homemade almond or hemp milk. Alternatively bag up for the perfect breakfast on the go!
3) Cheerful chia seed breakfast porridge
You’ll struggle to find a more filling and delicious breakfast than this yummy porridge crammed with antioxidant rich goji berries and juicy blueberries.
Simply place all of the ingredients into a blender and process into a rich and satisfying porridge. Serve topped with leftover berries or a light dusting of bee pollen for a welcome splash of colour.