Breakfast is important; we have heard it so many times! It wakes the body up, kick-start the metabolism and gives your day a healthy boost…
But what types of breakfasts are the good ones? Can we compare oats to coco-pops or eggs and toast to muffins and scones?
A good breakfast contains protein, carbohydrates and fat. All 3 elements are important to create a healthy sustainable breakfast. The type of carbohydrate will play a role in how quickly you will get hungry after your breakfast. A low GI carbohydrate will make you feel fuller for longer whereas a high GI carbohydrate will be digested very quickly and will leave your stomach empty soon after breakfast.
Here are a few good breakfast combinations:
The “weekend” breakfast:
- 1-2 Boiled, scrambled, fried egg (use spray and cook and not oil!)
- 1 Slice of Low GI whole-wheat toast
- 5g Margarine on your toast
- 3 – 4 tomato slices
The “usual” breakfast:
- 30g Muesli + 100ml low-fat/ fat-free yoghurt.
- Use a low GI Muesli such as The Low-GI Woolworths muesli range or the Low-GI Vital muesli range. Yoghurt can be flavoured or plain.
The “experimental” breakfast:
- Use one small fruit and 125ml yoghurt or milk.
- Add 30g Futurelife smart food and blend. Experiment with different flavours and fruits to make tasty smoothies!
The “I-don’t-have-time” breakfast:
- Use a 40g portion of a breakfast cereal high in fiber such as All-bran flakes, Oats, High-Fiber bran, ProNutro, Weet-bix or Futurelife smart food.
- Add 125ml low-fat or fat-free milk and 1 small fruit.
The “I-really-don’t-have-time” breakfast:
- Take 2x Omega 3 enriched low-fat dairy drinking snacks (available from Woolworths) and a large banana and eat in the car!