Breakfast: enforce your brain

For those of you who keep skipping breakfast or drinking just coffee, bear in mind that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Food Standards Agency explains why and provides you with tips for a quick and delicious morning meal.

Cereals contain glucose

The importance of breakfast lies on the fact that after many hours of sleep our body needs ‘fuels’ to be activated for the rest of the day. Minerals and vitamins are vital to start the day effectively and also help us not only to gain control over weight but also to have better concentration.

Sian Porter, Consultant Dietitian & Spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, told us: ‘It’s important not to skip meals especially breakfast and have variety. Have small regular meals including starchy foods and snacks. Don’t overdo the caffeine or sugary foods and stay well hydrated’.

It would also be very good to start the day with bread and cereals as they both contain glucose which is the main source of energy for the brain. Glucose is also contained in rice, potatoes and pasta.

Follow the tips below taken by the official website of  Food Standard Agency to make a quick and delicious morning meal:

  • A wholegrain breakfast cereal that is lower in salt and sugar with semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk, or low-fat yoghurt.
  • Fit in some fruit – fresh, frozen, tinned or dried fruit all count towards our five daily portions of fruit and veg. Put slices of banana on toast, or add chunks of apple, berries, or dried fruit to cereal.
  • Wash down breakfast with some fruit juice – this will count as one of the fruit and veg portions, as long as it’s 100% juice. A glass (150ml) of fruit juice counts as a maximum of one portion a day.
  • Blend fruit with milk or yogurt to make milkshakes or smoothies.

Good luck!

 

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