Start as you mean to go on right? This goes for keeping fit, managing your weight, or just trying to feel good in yourself and maximise your own well being. So what better place to start, than just moments after you have woken up, with your breakfast!
It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason, because it forms the foundation of the day ahead ….which is probably why you should never skip it! There are also some subtle changes that you can make on a daily basis, to get the best from your breakfast. Without further ado, here are 5 Changes to Boost Your Breakfast!
1. The Milk Dilemma
Sadly, there are some home truths you should know about milk. Semi-skimmed and skimmed milk offer less fat, but are higher in sugar than whole milk, meaning that they are equally, if not worse in relation to weight management. Studies have shown that whole milk is more effective for body adaptations. Or for overall health, unsweetened soy or almond milk provide the refreshing taste and protein, with none of the pitfalls! Also tea and coffee contain natural antioxidants that milk neutralises….so drink your drinks black!
2. The Cereal Killer
Cereal is a great start to the day, but sadly, many are laden with sugar! Consider switching over to bran flakes or a non-sugar/homemade muesli, that way you will be packing in a nutritious breakfast which is high in fibre for digestion and a great fuel for your morning ahead. You can also throw in chopped fruit, yoghurt and honey for an enhanced taste.
3. Getting Down With The Brown
Another point of contention revolves around what toast you have! White bread is not only more processed than brown bread, it also has a higher glycaemic index, which means that it is made of carbs which are burnt or converted into fat more quickly! Brown bread, aside from having more fibre, is lower index and so provides slow release carbohydrates for prolonged energy. Spreads wise, consider switching boring butter to some avocado paste or organic peanut butter.
4. Losing The Juice
The refreshing taste of fruit juice in the morning is unbeatable, but sadly it comes at a cost. Without the fibre of the fruit itself, fruit juices (especially ones from concentrate) are just wolves in sheep's clothing...the wolf being sugar! Try switching to thick homemade smoothies, or if it is vitamin C you want, cut out the middleman and take vitamin C tablets dissolved in water.
5. Boost Your Lifestyle
We all know that no breakfast is complete without coffee. How else would we get through those first tired hours in the morning? But what many do not know, is that you can add ingredients to your hot drinks to boost them even more. Add cinnamon to your coffee for a kick to your metabolism, or add lemon and ginger in your tea for the same metabolism boost, and to help the body get detoxified.