Boost your health by eating breakfastPosted on: 13 August 2013 by 50connect editorial
Skipping breakfast has been consistently associated with various health risks. It’s not just an old wives tale! Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, but why?
Eating breakfast encourages a healthy heart: New research by Harvard University, confirms that eating a healthy breakfast regularly can help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol - factors which can give rise to heart attack and heart disease.
Maintain a Healthy Weight: Eating breakfast in the morning can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and speed up metabolism, essential for regulating appetite and preventing obesity. This means you’ll feel less hungry mid-morning – helping you to resist unhealthy snacks and allowing you to opt for healthier lunch meals.
Keeps you happy, energized & mentally focused: When we wake up in the morning our muscles and brain need fuel to function efficiently throughout the day. Eating breakfast helps to provide a rush of essential vitamins and nutrients that boosts energy levels, concentration, memory and even mood!
Choosing the right breakfast foods:
A healthy breakfast should include a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, dairy and lean protein. On busy mornings, it can be all too easy to skip breakfast. Why not try our quick and healthy breakfast tips to help kick-start your day?
10 Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Tips
1. Smoothies are a great and yummy way to incorporate more fruit into your breakfast. Try blending strawberries, bananas and low-fat yogurt. Add some skimmed milk or fruit juice if it’s too thick!
2. Serve whole-wheat pancakes topped with bananas, honey and blueberries. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that are great for fighting off disease and signs of ageing in the body.
3. Flavour your morning whole grain bagel with spreads like, low-fat cream cheese or fresh fruit preserves.
4. Add nuts or chopped fruit to your whole-grain cereal or porridge for an energy boosting breakfast!
5. Shave one ounce of dark chocolate onto a cup of low-fat yogurt. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol.
6. Drink unsweetened orange juice. The vitamin C in this citrus fruit help to strengthen your immune system and enhance collagen production, which is essential for keeping the skin looking plump and young!
7. Make a healthy omelette using organic eggs and fill with your favorite vegetables, e.g. onion, peppers or mushrooms!
8. Spread wholenut peanut butter onto slices of apple. Peanuts contain vitamin E which helps to repair damaged skin tissues, while apples provide fibre aiding normal digestive patterns.
9. Enjoy a cup of green tea with your breakfast - as it’s been found to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of diabetes and arthritis.
10. Try eating within an hour of waking up. The longer you wait to eat breakfast, the hungrier you will become, making you more likely to overeat.
If you’re thinking about leading a healthier lifestyle, you might want to consider getting a health screening to assess the status of your health. Understanding your health condition allows you to tackle any current issues with the help of your GP, and also understand your future risk of health problems. Life Line Screening’s team of highly trained healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing reliable and affordable preventive health assessments - For more information visit: lifelinescreening.co.uk
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