BREAKFAST WEEK 2016: Shake up your wake up

Today marks the beginning of national breakfast week. A celebration of our morning meal and UK cereal growers and processors.

I’m super excited because breakfast my favorite meal of the day.

Not everyone shares my enthusiasm but I want to change that. Every day this week I’ll have a new post. Today I’m going to tell you why breakfast is so important. Then throughout the week I’ll show you how to ‘shake up your wake up’ with interesting recipes and hacks to make breakfast easy and enjoyable.  

5 REASONS BREAKFAST IS BRILLIANT

sleep is a time machine to breakfast

  • Breakfast has been shown to improve mood and decrease stress.
    If I’m feeling a bit down I will put in extra effort to make my breakfast beautiful. I’ll make a smiley face out of blueberries or add some exotic fruit (e.g. pineapple) to transport my mind to some where tropical. It never fails to cheer me up.
  • Breakfast eaters are more likely to be in the normal weight range than those who skip it.
    I don’t know about you but more satisfied and less likely to reach in my snack draw (yes I have a whole draw- don’t judge me) if I’ve had a good quality balanced meal to start my day.
  • Breakfast is good for your physical health.
    Those who eat breakfast have a lower risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes compared to skippers.
  • Breakfast can improve memory and concentration.
    The meal will provide glucose to fuel your brain and improve functioning. I always feel like I’m less productive without a good breakfast inside me because I spend more time thinking about food than what I’m meant to be doing! Want some brain boosting breakfast ideas, click here.
  • You can eat dessert for breakfast…
    and it’s socially acceptable! I’m talking pancakes, banana icecream*, carrot cake overnight oats, gooey brownie batter porridge and mint-choc smoothies! But you’ll want to give those sugary cereals a miss to avoid a mid-morning energy slump and biscuit craving.
    *Literally just blend up 2 or more frozen bananas with a tiny bit of almond milk and voila- icecream!

fruit on toast healthyandpsyched

BREAKFAST GUIDANCE

Nutritionists suggest that you should:

  • eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking up.
  • make breakfast around 20-35% of your daily calorie intake.
  • include a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats in your meal.

 

BREAKFAST WEEK BLOG POSTS

MONDAY: No-brainer breakfast- how to develop better breakfast habits

TUESDAY: Let’s talk about breakfast toppings

WEDNESDAY: Brain boosting breakfast recipes 

THURSDAY: 2 tricks you ‘oat’ to know for a filling breakfast

FRIDAY: Top 7 bloggers breakfasts

SATURDAY: Non-traditional vegan cooked breakfast

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Who else is psyched to make some healthy breakfasts this week?

What will you be having?