Contrary to what that friend-of-a-friend might’ve said about not eating breakfast and
still feeling tip-top every day, the value in having breakfast has been scientifically
backed. As the name suggests, breakfast is all about breaking your fast after several
hours of sleep. It’s a healthy habit which kick-starts your metabolism and wakes up
your brain, ensuring you are alert and ready for the day ahead. Many research studies
have linked a healthy breakfast routine with improved levels of concentration and
memory throughout the day.
So…where to start?
Well, the first step is to ensure you have enough time for breakfast. The most
common excuse among the non-breakfast eaters is that they are too rushed in the
morning to eat. Well, in this modern age of technology advances and evolution, the
solution to this issue comes in the form of the humble alarm on your phone/clock. Set
your alarm 10 minutes earlier than normal – this is all you’ll need to prepare and eat a
healthy breakfast. If this isn’t possible, try having breakfast at work. More and more
workers in Australia are adopting this routine, slamming down some cereal while
going through their morning emails. Just make sure you’re not that person who
doesn’t do their dishes afterward!
In terms of what makes a good breakfast, it can be a little overwhelming when there's
so much information out there. It’s hard to watch TV for an hour and not be presented
with several ads for breakfast cereals. What nutritionists the world over have agreed
on though, is that foods which are digested slower are a great choice. These foods
will help keep you full for longer and provide a slower release of energy. When you
hear the term ‘low GI’, this is what it refers to – foods which don’t bring about a shortlived
spike in blood glucose levels. The result is sustained energy and less likelihood
that you’ll be hit with cravings throughout your morning.
Avoid breakfasts high in added sugar, such as sweetened cereals, energy drinks and
snack bars. Though these may be cleverly marketed as a great start to your day, and
may taste delicious, the high levels of sugar will give you a hit of energy that is
unfortunately very short-lived. These foods/drinks can also contribute to high
cholesterol levels, obesity and diabetes.
Here is a list of some great breakfast options to get you started, keeping in mind these
can obviously be tweaked according to your dietary requirements or taste
• Wholegrain toast with avocado (add eggs if you want)
• Untoasted muesli with fruit
• A smoothie (Try juice or coconut water with spinach leaves, banana and frozen
• Wholegrain cereals with low-fat milk
• Porridge with banana or berries
• Boiled eggs
• Quinoa fruit salad
• Healthy oat-based muffins (without adding sugar!)
• Low-fat Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit and honey
• Scrambled eggs with beans, tomato and mushrooms
Still feeling a bit overwhelmed? There are some great apps like FoodSwitch to help
guide you through some healthy choices.