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WHY EATING A BALANCED BREAKFAST IS IMPORTANT FOR ENERGY

Jul 01 2016

Is your breakfast routine in need of an overhaul? Many people think breakfast is a meal you can miss. Or maybe you are stuck in the habit of grabbing a quick bowl of cereal or toast. These types of food are high in sugar and cause blood sugar crashes later in the day leading to low energy, fatigue, low mood headaches and more sugar cravings.

Get the breakfast balance right, however, and you will find that your concentration, mood, focus and energy will improve. This translates into increased productivity during your working day with energy to spare for enjoying hobbies and social time outside of work. Research also shows that eating a protein-rich breakfast prevents us from eating unhealthy, high sugar snacks later in the day, helping with weight management.

Here are four top breakfast habits to help improve health and energy:

1.    BALANCE GOOD CARBOYDRATES, PROTEIN & FATS

Enjoy a high-energy breakfast balancing slow releasing carbohydrates with beneficial fats and proteins. This includes porridge oats mixed with seeds and nuts like almonds and sunflower seeds topped with berries or scrambled eggs on rye bread.

2.    INTRODUCE MATCHA TEA

Swap your morning tea or coffee for a cup of matcha green tea. This type of tea is high in antioxidants supporting many areas of health. Matcha green tea contains caffeine but is also high in L-theanine, an amino acid that helps to counteract the “jittery” or energy-crash effects that other caffeine containing drinks like tea and coffee may cause.

3.    BE PREPARED

Be prepared – make sure you have a stock of breakfast ingredients, such as frozen berries, oats, seeds and almond milk for porridge or smoothies.

4.    EARLY TO BED EARLY TO RISE

Rise early to make time for breakfast; prepare the ingredients the night before so breakfast is ready before leaving for work and set your alarm 20 minutes earlier to make time for the most important meal of the day.

Practice these habits over the next month and notice the energy benefits you will gain both in and out of work.

Dr Elisabeth Philipps DPhil

 

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