Berries: Our ally for a healthy and super breakfast
It’s a well-known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our system needs a boost following a long night’s sleep, for a strong start to our day.
What may not be such a well-known fact is that berries are the most ideal food for breakfast; blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Whether they are consumed fresh, dried or even frozen, they are very good for us. Furthermore, they are the perfect food-ally for dieting, as besides their nutritional value, they are also tasty and filling, and can keep us going for many hours without needing an in-between snack.
Berries are full of antioxidants that help keep the body’s cells in good health and boost the immune system, and they can even reduce the risk of developing cancer. In addition, research has shown that berries help reduce cholesterol levels, help the arteries function properly, and even help in keeping normal blood sugar levels while responding well to insulin, which is important in order to prevent diabetes.
Berries are also a good source of fibre, which boosts the metabolism and helps us have good bowel function while offering us a feeling of satiety and stopping us from eating constantly in a bid to feel full. Among other nutrients, they also contain many vitamins and trace minerals that are important for our daily diet. Just one bowl of strawberries, for example, is enough to cover 150% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
With the above in mind, berries are the ideal food for all, except of course for those who may be allergic to them or have to avoid foods that are rich in fibre. What’s more, they can be eaten either plain, as they are exceptionally tasty, or combined with other nutritional foods, for a super-nutritional result.
Combined with milk or yoghurt, whole grains or oats and nuts, berries make for an ideal breakfast. Try mixing a small, low fat yoghurt or a skimmed glass of milk with three tablespoons of oats, two tablespoons of berries of your choice (blueberries, goji berries or raspberries), a few flaxseed or pumpkin seeds and walnuts or almonds, and you will be amazed with the results!