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Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

But if we only plan our day and prepare breakfast – considered as the most important meal of the day, we can really have something to eat which can make a world of difference to our day.

If you believe you do not have enough time to eat on your way out, there are a handful of recipes prepared for food rich in nutrients and energy that can be eaten on-the-go.

A Vital Habit

Having daily and regular breakfast is a sign of improved nutrient intake and food consumption which may help sustain a stable body weight. It is especially important for children and adolescents, as breakfast, particularly among children with low nutritional status, appears to improve learning and academic performance.

Breaking the Fast

After an overnight fast, breakfast supplies the body and brain with energy, that’s where the name originates, breaking the fast! You are basically running on zero without fuel, like attempting to power the car with no gas!

Some kids and young people go from resting, where the body has been fasting for several hours, to becoming extremely active. Breakfast splits the overnight fast, rejuvenates the soul and gives vitality to kick-start the body and sharpens the mind.

Source of Nutrients

In addition to supplying us with that all-important dose of energy, breakfast meals are good sources of essential nutrients, such as calcium, iron and vitamin B, protein, and fibre. The body requires these vital nutrients and evidence suggests that they are less likely to be accounted for later in the day if they are skipped at breakfast. Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so try to include a portion of your daily five at breakfast, whether to is a banana or glass of fruit juice.

Lose that Waistline

Breakfast can do wonders for your waistline too, research shows those who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers. If you skip breakfast, you are more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning.

A recent systematic review of sixteen studies examining the effect of breakfast skipping on weight control in over 59,000 European children and adolescents, found that eating breakfast was associated with lower Body Mass Index (a measure of weight relative to height) and appeared to protect against overweight and obesity.

Cognitive Development and Functioning

Breakfast also recovers levels of glucose, an important carbohydrate that the brain requires to operate. Many energy experiments have demonstrated how eating breakfast can boost levels of memory and attention, and it can also make us healthier as it can improve mood and minimise levels of stress.

Breakfast can promote achievement, activity and has been correlated with enhanced grades in studies among children. The brain needs energy to function at its very best, much as every other organ of the body!

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