How to enjoy a healthy breakfast 'on-the-go'Wednesday 19 February 2014 by Amy Clutterbuck SACO's ideas to liven up your breakfast...and give you a health boost
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”
Not everyone sees truth in this statement, but if you have a busy day ahead of you then there’s nothing better to set you up for the day than a hearty breakfast to keep you going until lunchtime.
Apparently, 1 in 4 people skip breakfast daily and as many as 1 in 6 people never eat breakfast at all.
Could the following facts encourage you to get up just 10 minutes earlier each morning?
- Breakfast tops up your energy levels and helps improve brain function each morning.
- Breakfast regulates your blood sugar levels in the morning, meaning you are less likely to reach for that cake at 11am!
- If you miss breakfast, then you’re also missing out on vital nutrients such as fibre, vitamin C and iron.
You won’t benefit from any of the above, however, if you’re making unhealthy decisions when it comes to your choice of breakfast. If you’re unsure about what’s healthy and what’s not, then here are a few ways to help you get a bit of nutrition out of your mornings:
- Cereal is generally a healthy option, but try to go for wholegrain options and look out for sugar content as this is often very high in well-known brands.
Try: muesli, bran flakes or porridge oats.
- Opt for wholemeal, rather than white, bread for a good source of fibre and a healthy digestive system.
- Add natural yoghurt to your cereal or fruit for a probiotic boost (healthy bacteria) that will benefit your immune system
SACO is all about breakfast this month and we thought we’d give you a few healthy ideas to get you inspired to start making your mornings brighter. As spring is on the way, healthy breakfasts are even easier to maintain than in the cold mornings we’re used to at the moment.
- Fresh berries with homemade granola, natural yoghurt and a handful of nuts
Fact: Berries are a great source of antioxidants and nuts are full of protein, fibre and unsaturated fats (the good stuff!)
Tip: Try this recipe and make it during the weekend to save you time in the week.
Image credit @BBC Food
- Scrambled Egg on Wholemeal Toast
Fact: Eggs are rich in protein and high in Vitamin D, whilst wholemeal toast is an excellent source of fibre.
Tip: Try adding herbs, tomato puree and black pepper to add some flavour!