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09 Feb, 2016

Supercharging Breakfast

If you're anything like us, you're already thinking about tomorrow’s breakfast before you've even had dinner. Research shows that those who eat breakfast have a more balanced diet throughout the day and are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Who can argue with that?

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If you're anything like us, you're already thinking about tomorrow’s breakfast before you've even had dinner. And we all know a healthy breakfast sets you up for the day! Research shows that those who eat breakfast have a more balanced diet throughout the day and are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Who can argue with that?

The biggest challenge we face as a society when it comes to breakfast is time. Breakfast always seems to be an easy sacrifice for those precious extra fifteen minutes in bed in the morning. But when we’re rushed we often reach for nutrient-poor, sugary cereals or quick fixes made from refined carbohydrates such as white flour. By mid-morning we’re starving because these foods are quickly digested, giving a burst of energy that is often swiftly followed by a drop in blood sugar levels. This leaves us grabbing snacks to satisfy our hunger.

The key to overcoming this is to eat a breakfast that contains slow-release carbohydrates (to maintain steady energy levels) as well as a little protein, and healthy fats to help keep us feeling fuller longer. Starting your day with an oat-based cereal like muesli or porridge has great benefits because oats contain a type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan that has been shown to help reduce levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol.

One great way of ensuring your first meal of the day is a nutrient powerhouse is to supercharge your breakfast with healthy toppings. Try sprinkling some flaxseeds on your cereal; stir nuts and seeds into your fruit and yogurt pot; or add a vegetable-based juice to your morning ritual.

And for those of you who don’t have time to prep and eat breakfast at home, we've spruced up our breakfast offering at our Mortimer Street deli to bring you a 'make your own bowl' concept. Choose porridge, granola or Bircher muesli as your base and add seasonal toppings, crunchy nuts and seeds, coconut yogurt and a wide range of nut milks. We’ll race you for the rhubarb compote and honey pecans.

Words: Ellen Tewkesbury
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