A good day begins with a good breakfast!
The Brits consider it their national dish, while the French have associated it with croissants and the Germans with sausages. It’s none other than breakfast; the first meal of the day which claims the reigns of the nutritional routine of everyday life.
Are you among those who eat breakfast on the go as they get ready for work? Do you quickly munch on a rusk while you read the first emails of the day at the office, or do you spend some time to comfortably enjoy it at home, shortly after waking up? You may in fact belong to the category of people who completely skip eating breakfast altogether. According to international studies, around 18% men and 13% women of ages 35-54 start off their day with only a cup of coffee, thereby missing all essential nutrients that nourish the body and provide it with the necessary energy to more easily meet the demands of the day.
Eating breakfast has been linked to the best possible functioning of the body, both physically and mentally, while it also increases our chances of meeting our daily nutritional needs. In fact, people who eat breakfast are more likely to cover at least 2/3 of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. Also, according to scientific findings, they are less likely to experience depression and anxiety, while they’re able to think faster and more clearly, they feel less tired and drowsy, and are less likely to suffer from morning dizziness.
There are many ways to equip your body with the necessary energy in the morning. The secret, according to experts, is to have a balanced breakfast, meaning it includes protein, some fat and carbohydrates. Healthy fats will give you the necessary energy to start off your day, and protein will keep you alert, while through the appropriate consumption of carbohydrates you will store energy which will be released hours later, making you stronger and helping curb your hunger.
For instance, you can enjoy a bowl of milk or yoghurt with fibre-rich cereal, adding banana or strawberry, to your liking. Alternatively, you can mix different fruits into the blender and combine them with two slices of whole-grain bread, coated with butter and honey, or you can make a whole-grain toast, with turkey and cheese and drink a glass of fresh orange juice.
If you’re not used to spending a lot of time on your breakfast and all of these seem like a big waste of time, you can try preparing a few things from the night before, to save time in the morning. The only sure thing is that you’ll be a winner either way!