Breakfast literally means ‘breaking the fast’. After a full night’s sleep, it’s important to refuel the body and the brain and get set up for the day. Breakfast takes less than 10 minutes to eat, and provides essential nutrients that you’ll need to get the most out of the day ahead.
3 benefits of eating breakfast
Breakfast can improve your attention, mental performance and memory. If you start the day hungry your body stays in a fasting state, which makes it much more difficult to concentrate.
Breakfast boosts your intake of important nutrients. People who miss breakfast usually don’t make up these nutrients later in the day.
Eating breakfast helps you maintain a healthy weight. It’s true: regular breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than breakfast skippers.
A healthy breakfast includes…
A serve of fruit to count towards two serves for the day. A great option for ‘on-the-go’ eaters.
Some complex carbohydrates for sustainable energy release during the morning. Choose cereals that are a source of wholegrains and fibre to provide essential nutrients for health.
Dairy foods rich in calcium, which helps build bone mass and maintain healthy bones and teeth.
A drink to keep hydrated and alert.
Quick and easy breakfast ideas
Choose a wholegrain or high fibre breakfast cereal, untoasted muesli or porridge. Add some low-fat milk – hot or cold – and top with fresh, tinned, frozen or dried fruit.
Fresh fruit salad topped with low-fat yoghurt and sprinkled with muesli – delicious!