How important is breakfast?

Dr Bianca asks, breakfast

Do you find yourself skipping breakfast because you’re too busy and struggling to manage your food cravings during the day?

In practice I hear this often.

I appreciate that with the fast pace of London life it can be difficult to manage and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle. It can be a struggle juggling work, life admin, making time for family and friends, exercising enough, getting enough sleep and getting the right nutrition to fuel your body.

In my experience making sure I eat breakfast plays a key role in how I function for the rest of the day. If I start the day with something too sugary my energy is up and down all day and I crave more carbs and sugar. This does not make for a productive day or helpful in making the right food choices throughout the day. I’m sure this will sound all too familiar to some of you. So I thought I would share with you what I find best to eat in the morning. I quite often hear the excuse ‘I don’t have time for breakfast’ which leads to grabbing something unhealthy at some point in the morning. Eating a balanced breakfast right for you doesn’t have to be time consuming.

Eating breakfast is important for many reasons:
1. Kick starts your immune system
2. Keeping your blood sugar levels balanced for the day and therefor keeping your energy levels steady.
3. Helps manage food cravings.
4. Helps with concentration and productivity.

Common breakfast mistakes:
Typical breakfast foods: toast, cereals, muffins, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches most of which are highly processed and high in sugar. These will not sustain you until lunchtime, in fact they are a metabolic disaster.

I am often up at 6am so I do need something quick, easy and tasty that will sustain me until lunchtime. I will either have porridge with 2/3’s of it nuts and seeds to get a more nutritionally balanced breakfast with almond milk (or other non dairy milk) with frozen berries or a banana. I pre mix all the ingredients (see below) and heat up in the morning and take to work in flask and eat it on the train. Alternatively you can keep some boiled eggs in the fridge and have 2 of them on the go or an avocado with some pink Himalayan salt and a squeeze of lemon juice if you need to stop it going brown. If I’m really hungry I will have both eggs and an avocado.

My superfood Porridge recipe:

1/3 gluten free oats
2/3 nuts and seeds: chia seeds, Linwood’s premixed flax with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I blend almonds and walnuts. I occasionally also add hemp seeds. Its so easy to mix all the ingredients together in a large air tight bowl.

ENJOY!

For another super healthy breakfast option check out this video

 

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