A hearty breakfast to start the day not only gives your body energy but fuels your mind, setting you up for better concentration and decision-making. This first meal also stabilises your blood sugar levels, helping you curb hunger throughout the day.
Think you can cut calories by skipping it? You just might end up sabotaging yourself. Research has shown that breakfast-skippers tend to crave fat and sugar as the hours go by, which can lead to binge eating. It’s no wonder breakfast is commonly linked to weight control, and can even aid weight loss with the right food choices.
Need ideas? Recommended options include oatmeal, which is gluten-free and full of antioxidants; Greek yoghurt, which is full of protein and a great source of probiotics; or eggs, which are also packed with protein and nutrients like vitamin D. Love fruit? A banana and some grapefruit or berries would make a morning combo any nutritionist would approve of.
Some have said that whether or not you have an appetite, it’s vital to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up to kick-start your metabolism. However, since our metabolic rate still hums along in the morning, there really isn’t any hard and fast rule.
Just remember that it’s important to eat the right foods to get the most out of the first meal of the day and start your day on a good note.
Text: Adora Wong/CLEO