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A Healthy Breakfast is Important for Everyone

 

An important meal
Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts or bacon) can help give you:

  • A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals

  • Improved concentration and performance at work or in the classroom

  • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity

  • Lower cholesterol levels

  • A healthy body weight

 

Breakfast is important for both children and adults

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. Studies have shown that kids do better in school when they’ve eaten a high-fiber, low glycemic index breakfast like oatmeal, rather than a sugary cereal. The same approach should work for adults who go to work early and have to make quick decisions. The right breakfast foods can help you concentrate, give you strength and even help you maintain a healthy weight.

 

What is a healthy breakfast?

But what is a healthy breakfast? Many studies show that a healthy breakfast contains protein and/or whole grains and not meals loaded with fat and calories. A healthy breakfast meal should contain a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low -or non-fat dairy and lean protein such as eggs. For example, a Harvard study of more than 17,000 men found that those who frequently ate breakfast cereal -- both refined grain and whole-grain types -- consistently weighed less than those who rarely or never ate breakfast cereal.

 

Why Breakfast is the most Important Meal of the Day

It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - not only does it give you the energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.

The Benefits of a Healthy Breakfast

Read article (in Danish) about breakfast porridge and fewer accidents at work:

http://politiken.dk/tjek/sundhedogmotion/sundhed/ECE1694663/morgengroed-gav-faerre-ulykker/

 

 

Please take a look at our info on wholegrains for further inspiration on a healthy breakfast:

 

 

 

More articles on healthy breakfast - follow links, please:

Tips on Eating a Quick and Healthy Breakfast

 

Pick 2-3 foods, including at least one from each of the following food groups:

 

  • bread and grain (i.e. Whole-wheat or wholegrain cereals such as muesli or bran cereals, or porridge such as quick oats)

  • milk and milk product (i.e. low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk)

  • fruit or vegetable group (i.e bananas, apples, carrots)

  • Porridge – such as quick oats

  • Fresh fruits

  • Wholemeal or multigrain bread to toast

 

Plan ahead to eat breakfast: 

This means you should decide what you are going to eat for breakfast before the next morning.  You can save time by putting out the box of cereal or cutting up some fruit the night before.

 

Even if you think you don’t have time to eat breakfast, there are grab-and-go options that fill the bill.

Some quick and healthy choices include:

 

  • Whole-grain cereal with fresh fruit and low-fat milk

  • Oatmeal made with skim milk, raisins and nuts, with 4 ounces of orange juice on the side

  • Low-fat yogurt with a mix of whole-grain cereal, oat meal and raisins and a piece of fresh fruit

  • A whole-wheat toast with low-fat cheese, a scrambled egg, and slice of tomato or lean ham

  • Yogurt smoothie and breakfast bar

  • Smoothie made with fruit and low-fat yogurt

  • 1/2 whole-grain bagel , a hard-boiled egg and a banana