Why have breakfast?
Breakfast breaks your overnight fast, helps you burn calories throughout the day, refuels your glycogen (energy) levels, and kick-starts your metabolism. It’s the most important meal of the day, giving you the energy you need to get things done as well as improving your memory & concentration.
Breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The benefits of a regular breakfast reduces your chance of over-consuming high kilojule foods later on in the day & stabilises your blood sugar levels.
Breakfast and your Weight
Some studies say breakfast can be good for your waistline. Researchers have found that people who eat a breakfast fuelled with fibre and protein can help regulate their weight. This is because feeding your body with these essential healthy foods in the morning keeps your apetite in check for the remainder of the day.
Healthy breakfast options
During a busy morning, it’s easy to let breakfast fall low on your list of priorities, but taking just a few minutes to have something to eat can make a massive difference to your day. There are so many healthy breakfast options to choose from that can be prepared in a matter of minutes & eaten on-the-go:
- Whole grain toast with natural/organic peanut butter
- Wholegrain cereals with reduced fat milk
- Smashed avocado with spinach & reduced fat ricotta
- Porridge with fresh fruit
- Yoghurt with fresh fruit
- Fruit or vegetable smoothies
- Boiled eggs with wholegrain toast
- Untoasted muesli
- Nuts or wholegrain granola bars
Depending on the person’s activites & tasks invloved throughout their daily routine, will determine how much energy they need throughout the day. Typically, men need more energy than women as they have a higher proportion of fat-free mass (FFM) than women and therefore burn more calories.
Why Kids Need Breakfast
It’s important for children to eat breakfast as their growing bodies need the nutrients & fuel to perform daily activites throughout the day. Kids who skip breakfast have a harder time concentrating in the afternoon & tend to become more lethargic & restless. This is due to the lack of vitamins & minerals needed for providing energy in the body. It’s vital for kids to have these vitamins & minerals in their bodies as it helps to repair cellular damage, heal wounds & boost their immune system.
IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS PLAN AT CRUNCH FITNESS
No matter where you are with your health & fitness plan, we can provide the advice you need to move forward to reach your goals. Our certified world-class personal trainers are here to help you and make you feel confident with your fitness journey.
Many of our Personal Trainers here at Crunch Fitness have qualifications in Nutrition & Weight management and can be of help regarding nutritional advice. Head over to the crunch Personal Training Page to get into contact with one of our PTs today!