It's commonly considered that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But if so, why do so many people skip it?
Better Breakfast Month has been in existence since World War I. It gained momentum after World War II when children went back to school. Over the years we've been encouraged to grab a quick breakfast and go, but unfortunately, this often results in lower quality meals with less nutrition.
So what can you do to ensure a better breakfast?
1. Make time for the most important meal of the day
It gives you fuel to get through the day and research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to be healthier and less likely to be obese. For children, research has shown that a lack of breakfast can lead to low concentration and poor focus throughout the day. Any breakfast is better than none, but the more nutritious the better.
If you can't face a big meal at the beginning the day why not try our Immunity Boosting Breakfast:
- • 1/2 Lime
- • 1 Apple
- • 2 Carrots
- • 1/2 Avocado
- • 1 Frozen Wheatgrass Juice sachet
- • And a handful of Spinach.
Top with your favourite crunch and start the day right.
2. Balanced Breakfast
A balanced breakfast should contain all the major food groups:
- • Protein
- • Dairy
- • Fat
- • And carbohydrates.
These elements are vital to maintaining stamina and fending off hunger throughout the day. Though carbs and fats are needed in the daily intake of nutrients, it’s important to not overindulge in these two areas. However, a little bit won’t hurt you.
Our Immunity Boosting breakfast bars cover the key food groups, and are super easy to make. You'll need:
- • 300g pitted dates
- • 175g rolled oats
- • 50g coconut oil
- • 125g peanut butter
- • 35g almond flour
- • 35g nuts
- • 20g seeds
- • 20g blueberries
- • 20g dried fruit and we used some stem ginger and cinnamon for flavouring.
Simply add the pitted dates to a little water and simmer until a paste forms. Pour this in with all your other ingredients and press down into a lined tin. Pop it in the fridge for about half an hour to firm and then cut into pieces and enjoy! Add a glass of organic wheatgrass juice and you're set for the day.
If you prefer a little sweetness you can always add some honey to your mix.
3. Eat within an hour of waking
What we eat at the beginning of each day (preferably within an hour of waking) helps kick-start our metabolism, meaning subsequent calories will be burnt more efficiently.
For growing and active children, it’s vital they boost their bodies each morning to avoid the mid-morning slump, when the school’s tuck shop and sweets might seem more alluring!
4. Start with your five a day
Start the day well and the rest of it will follow. For example, add some fruit to your yoghurt, or grilled mushrooms to your eggs, or kale to a smoothy to boost your fibre intake and set you up for the day.
Try a kale smoothie:
- Britt's Superfoods Kale, Reishi & Maca Juice
- Fresh Pineapple chunks
- Organic apple juice
Blend together and enjoy!