Unless you're a total morning person, we all want to sleep for as long as we can and have a super quick breakfast before we leave for work. But having a proper breakfast is actually super important to start your day feeling awake and energetic. Ever heard of the saying that breakfast to your body is like the fuell to your car? Some people don't even have breakfast at all and some go for a super quick snack. Here's why you shouldn't have certain foods for breakfast, along with some better alternatives.
A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice seems like the healthiest option with that boost of vitamin c. It’s a good choice for lunch or during the day, but it’s best to start the day with less sugar. One glass of orange juice consists of juice from at least 4 oranges, which would come down to 5 cubes of sugar per glass! With fruit, it’s best to just eat the whole fruit because who would eat 4 oranges for breakfast?
Anything made out if white flour is pretty tasty, but it’s not the best option for breakfast. Think of croissants, white bread and bagels. When you eat things like these for breakfast, you will not get enough fibers, which causes you to feel hungry already at 10 am! That’s when most people start snacking, which you probably want to prevent. So a better choice would be to have something for breakfast that is rich in fibers. There’s an extra benefit to that: it will cost your body more energy to digest fibers, which will boost your metabolism.
Of course, it’s fast and it’s easy, but it’s also not very healthy. Pretty much every type of cereal contains major amounts of sugar. Also the added fruits that you’ll often find in your cereal are little sugar bombs. If you really prefer a type of cereal for breakfast, go for the good old oatmeal. Most health shops also have organic cereals, which won’t contain (as much) sugar.
This is also a common quick breakfast choice. To get your metabolism going and your energy levels up, it is important to have something that contains at least 250 calories. A plain cup of yoghurt contains way less so it won't do much for you in the morning. Add some fibers and/or bit of fruit to give a little body to your yoghurt. It’s best to add it yourself instead of buying pre-made flavored yoghurts in the super market. It’s no surprise that they contain loads of sugars and preservatives.
You’d rather skip breakfast?
There are a lot of people who just can’t get any food down in the moring. If you do like tea or coffee; just a tiny drop of honey in it will help you keep your sugar levels steady, so you won’t reach for snacks and sugary foods a few hours later.
If you’d like to start off your day with a good and healthy breakfast, here are some points to keep in mind:
- Always have at least something instead of not having breakfast at all. Going to work on an empty stomach will not give you that energy boost you need in the morning.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks like cereal and fruit juices. Adding some nuts, honey, fruit or seeds like chia seeds to your yoghurt is a better option. And orange juice is great for during the day, but to start your day with so much sugar... not really.
- Having coffee or tea for breakfast or with your breakfast is always good, but adding a little drop of honey to your coffee or tea will help you stabilize your sugar levels. That will prevent you from snacking during the day. Great tip by Adriana Lima!
Posted by Malu Swartjes on 12 October