Eating breakfast is one of the most important things you can do in the morning to increase your chances of having a happy, productive day. In fact, it should be your absolute top priority, especially if you’re studying hard towards a qualification. Let’s break it down…
Great for your wellbeing and health
When you’re asleep at night, your body’s not taking onboard any nutrients; you are, quite literally, fasting. So, when you wake up it’s no surprise you’re running on empty. To ensure your body can function properly, you have to refuel.
Common breakfast foods, including wholegrains, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and dairy products are all high in some of the nutrients most essential to a healthy diet, like iron, B vitamins, fibre, protein and calcium. As well as causing short-term fatigue, deficiency in any of these nutrients long-term could have some serious repercussions for your health.
And if that wasn’t enough evidence to convince you, a study by the University of Bath in the UK found that people who eat a healthy breakfast burn more calories throughout the day and are less likely to be overweight than those who skip the meal altogether. This is because as well as kick-starting your metabolism, stocking-up on a nutrient-rich breakfast means you’re far less likely to pig-out on fatty and high-sugar snacks throughout the day.
Boost your brain
And it’s not just your body that benefits from a big, healthy breakfast; you’re brain does too. Numerous studies have revealed that memory function and concentration levels are given a serious boost. This is because breakfast replenishes your body’s glucose levels, a carbohydrate that is central to cognitive function.
What to eat…
The best breakfast foods to boost your health and brain power include:
- wholegrain or whole-wheat, low-sugar cereals
- fresh fruits
- wholemeal or multigrain bread
- high protein toast toppings, including eggs, meat or beans
- natural yoghurt
- low-fat dairy
- high-protein nuts like almonds and hazelnuts
Not feeling hungry?
If you struggle to eat in the mornings, you’re certainly not alone; it’s skipped by an estimated 31 million people every morning in America alone. The trick, according to dietician Alison Hornby, is to ease yourself into the healthy habit.
“Creating the habit of eating in the morning is something you can build towards. Start off with a light bite such as a piece of fruit or a low-fat yoghurt.
“After a while, your morning appetite will naturally increase and you’ll probably find you eat less throughout the day, including snacks.”