It's a question that gets asked a lot: is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? The answer is individual of course, but research does shows us time and time again that what we eat for breakfast has more impact on us than we realise.
Countless studies have shown that the choices we make for our first meal of the day impacts our physical health, well-being and cognitive performance. Did you know that eating breakfast can decrease the long-term risk of obesity, impact on academic performance in children and adolescences, and increase concentration levels? It has also been shown that eating breakfast may lead to better food choices throughout the day - something that is often overlooked (if you're interested in the research, you can read more here, here and here).
If you're feeling flat, trying to lose weight or find yourself constantly reaching for a 3pm sugar-hit, it might not be a bad idea to take a look at what you're eating for breakfast. The latest research tells us that we should be aiming to consume around 15-25% of our daily energy intake at breakfast time. This equates to about 1255 - 2000 kj for women and 1570 - 2660 kj for men (for individual advice book a consultation here)
Try to make choices that are high in protein and low in sugar. If you eat cereal, pay attention to the serving size on the packet. Adding fruit and yoghurt to your cereal bowl can be one simple way to increase your protein and also makes sure you get in one of those very important serves of fruit for the day. Eggs are a popular breakfast choice for a reason - they are packed full of nutrition and keep you feeling fuller for longer too. Remember to keep it simple. You want something that will keep you feeling full throughout the morning, is easy to prepare and, most importantly, something you actually like eating.