As you may have heard before, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day! Which makes perfect sense when you think how it provides you with the fuel foundation needed to take on your day. So whether you are a morning person or not, there are numerous reasons why you should consider having a healthy meal to break your fast each morning.
Firstly; breakfast is important because it replenishes your stores of glycogen which is your brain’s preferred energy source. This means that in order to be functioning at your optimal mental capacity (including memory, concentration, communication and problem solving skills) you need to feed your brain early on!
Secondly; breakfast provides the rest of your body with the fuel AND materials needed to build, repair and basically go about it’s normal ‘bodily’ routines. If you don’t fuel your body earlier on in the day, you will find that your physical energy deteriorates quite rapidly as your leftover stores are used up. You will likely start feeling lightheaded, lethargic and maybe even a little ‘hangry’!
Thirdly; breakfast is essential in kick-starting several functions within you body; including your digestive system and your metabolism. The sooner you get these working at their optimal level, the more efficient you will be at converting food into energy, and utilizing that energy efficiently.
So what are the best foods to eat first thing? Personally I find this really depends on the day I have ahead of me (as well as what feels right for me in that moment). As a general guideline breakfast should ideally make up about 20-35% of your daily calorie intake. The best ways of gaining these calories are through a variety of options such as:
- Healthy protein sources such as eggs, smoked salmon, nuts, seeds and healthy dairy choices such as low fat Greek yogurt.
- Complex carbs such as oats, wholegrain breads and buckwheat pancakes
- Good fat sources such as avocado, nuts and seeds
- Fresh fruits and vegetables such as a fruit salad, or sliced tomato and lettuce
Remember to plan ahead; if you know you have a big day that is going to require lots of energy and concentration, then plan your breakfast accordingly!