Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day. However, it’s the meal we are most likely to skip...
Breakfast breaks your overnight fast. Hence it’s really important to have a good breakfast as this kick starts your metabolism, warms you up, boosts your concentration, increases energy levels and maintains steady blood sugar. Breakfast can also expand the range of nutrients in your diet and help you reach your 5-a-day.
A good breakfast helps to regulate weight and avoids unhealthy snacking. What’s more, if you find that the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, then a balanced breakfast might make it easier to make good food choices later too. Vital nutrients are essential to keep our bodies healthy and regular meals provide these. The fewer daily meals you have, the less likely you are to have the right balance of nutrients.
And without breakfast, you may be depending on caffeine to kickstart your body and not the sustained nutrition of a balanced breakfast - and that puts stress on your body.
If You Skip Breakfast Can This Affect Your Health?
News reports have suggested that if you skip breakfast it increases the risk to your health, even resulting in a heart attack. But are you really risking your health by missing out on breakfast?
The report is actually a ‘scientific statement’ from the American Heart Association who reviewed a host of pre-existing studies. Led by experts at Columbia University in New York, they looked at studies into breakfast skipping, meal frequency, meal timing, fasting, and the link between people’s risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.
The researchers found that skipping breakfast could be linked to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, risk of stroke and subjects not getting sufficient vitamins and minerals from their diet. One study* found that 74 percent of breakfast skippers did not meet two thirds of the (American) Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamins and minerals, compared with 41 percent of those who consumed breakfast. Another study showed that daily breakfast eaters were less likely to have risk factors for heart and circulatory disease, high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and high blood pressure. They concluded that an irregular meal pattern where meals are skipped, which is most commonly breakfast but sometimes lunch, may affect risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, raised cholesterol and high blood pressure.
So What Should I Eat For Breakfast?
Breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet. Healthy meals in general need to be balanced with proteins, good carbs and healthy fats - and breakfast is no exception.
But breakfast needn’t be boring; read on for tips on how to give a healthy, tasty boost to your mornings
Traditional English Breakfast
Country Life Magazine refers to English Breakfast as “one of the world’s great meals”. Researchers from the University of Alabama found that starting the morning with a fatty meal can boost the metabolism for the rest of the day and prime the body to burn fat more efficiently.
An English Breakfast is high in protein which is essential to help your body to repair itself. Every cell in our body needs protein. This vital macronutrient helps our bodies produce hormones, enzymes, bones, muscles, blood, and more. An English Breakfast is also rich in B vitamins which are essential for cells to make energy. What better way to start your day than with a traditional English Breakfast?
We at Oakhouse Foods have several English Breakfast options to tantalise your taste buds. For example, The Big Breakfast or the All Day Breakfast or if you have a smaller appetite try the Mini All Day Breakfast.
Porridge is one of our most popular breakfasts. Little wonder as it provides a tasty and nutritious start to the day. Oats contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucan which boosts heart health. A meal of Oakhouse Foods Porridge equates to 3 grams of oat soluble fibre and when it’s part of a heart-healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Porridge, with its slow releasing complex carbohydrates helps you sustain energy levels through the morning. The complex carbohydrates also stabilise and only lead to a slow raising of blood sugar levels.
Why not try our Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Porridge or Granola Topped Porridge, or Apple, Raspberry & Cranberry Porridge? Or if you fancied making porridge yourself we sell Quaker Oats from our Grocery Range . You can even top your porridge with apricots or prunes (which can count towards your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables) and they’re available from our Grocery range too!
Did you know that we offer Kippers in our breakfast range?
Kippers are an oily fish, high in Omega 3. Omega 3 acts as an anti-inflammatory for Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can also lower elevated triglyceride levels. Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at risk for heart disease. Also Omega 3 has also been linked to help against depression.
Kippers also contain Vitamin D. Vitamin D can be created by our own bodies when we expose our skin to sunlight, but during the winter it is harder to obtain so eating kippers are an ideal food for the winter months. Vitamin D is essential for our bone growth/maintenance, vital for our nervous system and helps enhance our immunity.
Ready-made cereals can also be good for you. They are often fortified with vitamins and minerals like B vitamins and iron which your body requires. Our breakfast range includes popular cereals like Weetabix, Kellogg’s (All-Bran, Sultana Bran, Fruit & Nuts, Rice Krispies, Cornflakes and even a variety pack), Shredded Wheat and Alpen.
Check out the ready made cereals in our grocery range.
Other Breakfast Alternatives
Our grocery range also includes brown bread which you can combine with jams, Marmite, peanut butter or even eggs, all delivered by Oakhouse Foods. We also offer yoghurt which can be topped off with honey or fresh fruit.
At Oakhouse we also offer a selection of hot and cold drinks. Including; PG Tips Tea, Nescafe Coffee and even the milk and sugar to accompany it. Alternatively you can have a glass of orange juice to contribute to one of your 5 a day!
Eating breakfast can be a great way to start your day ensuring you get important nutrients into your system and breakfast can form part of eating a balanced diet.
Why not browse our Breakfast selection here...
*Source: British Heart Foundation