21 Feb The top 5 best meals to have for breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – can I just say, it sure is! It is the first thing I do when I get up in the morning.
There is an old saying, you eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner. The reason being is that most of us are active during the day and we need to properly fuel our body to help us perform effectively through the day.
Consider this, one of the best ways to gain weight is to skip breakfast – your body will soon be craving something sugary later in the day and it is all too tempting to reach for a muffin or biscuit later in the day.
So what should you be eating for breakfast? Well here are my top five things to eat first thing in the morning.
Most breakfast cereals you buy at the supermarket are rubbish – full of sugar and fat. But the old staple of Weetbix is one of your best choices. It is low in sugar and fat plus your portion size is chosen for you to reduce the chance of eating more than the recommended amount. Personally this is what I have most mornings with some berries and low fat milk.
There has been some bad publicity about eggs but trust me, have them a few mornings during the week. They are packed with protein, keep you feeling fuller for longer and can actually help you lose weight! A couple of eggs on wholemeal bread is a perfect way to start the day.
Most Australians don’t eat enough vegetables (we need to eat at least five servings a day), so how about having them first thing in the morning? Some baby tomatoes, baby spinach, avocado (instead of butter), asparagus, pumpkin, sweet potatoes – the more the merrier.
4. Rolled oats or porridge
It may be old fashioned but porridge or the humble rolled oats is right up there with pricey health boosters. The cereal grain’s proven talents include helping to lower high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol – not to mention a packed portfolio of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Oats are also the go-to fitness food for beginners and athletes alike. A bowl of their slow-releasing, wholegrain goodness an hour before exercise ensures blood sugar levels remain steady through a workout, while providing enough energy to keep you going during the day. A great option on a cold morning.
5. Make your own muesli
Though promoted as a “healthy” option, a lot of mueslis you buy from the supermarket are laden with extra sugar, unnecessary calories, carbs and fat. The best muesli is to make it yourself that way you know exactly what goes into it. You’ll be able to avoid dried fruit (high sugar) and the roasting process, which denatures fatty acids – plus you get to control all the ingredients and ensure it contains nothing but healthy goodness.