A Good Market Guide To Breakfast
By The Good Market
It’s a well-worn phrase, uttered worldwide by worried parents, concerned teachers and well-intentioned nutritionists: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
But is it, really?
The fact is, the science behind it — like most other things related to the controversial world of nutrition — is mixed. Yes, some studies have shown that eating in the morning may protect your heart, lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, help you maintain a healthy weight and “give you a mental edge.” But there are other competing studies, too. In 2015, for instance, a group of Columbia University researchers showed how skipping breakfast may not necessarily be linked to weight gain.
With such clashing ideas, it might be hard to decide: to breakfast, or not to breakfast? But don’t feel daunted. We feel the answer is actually quite simple:
One, always take these “definitive” studies with a healthy sprinkle of salt. Two, always listen to your body (if breakfast feels right to you — then by all means, dig in!) And three, if you choose to eat breakfast, try to ensure that it’s a good one, both for your tastebuds (so-called health foods that taste like cardboard are not an option) and your health.
After all, though there are mixed reviews on breakfast, there are some things that we do know for sure. Staying well-hydrated, and eating whole, clean and living foods are nourishing habits for the body and mind; while scarfing down a bowl of sugar- and preservative-laden cereal sure isn’t going to be kind to your waistline, the health of your organs, or the sharpness of your brain.
Plus, no one likes that post-sugar slump!
Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious — and wholesome — breakfast options out there, from the savoury to the sweet. Loading up on fruit and veggies at the start of the day is always a good practice. To keep you satiated and amply-fueled, nosh on something that’s either fibre-rich or high in protein. Some healthy fats, like those found in nuts, seeds, avocados or healthy oils like olive or coconut, are also filling, lip-smacking additions.
We know that preparing breakfast amid the morning rush can seem overwhelming! In fact, according to a 2011 Euromonitor survey, people the world over are now more inclined than ever before to eat breakfast on-the-go in the form of low-nutrient foods like pastries.
For days when an easy-to-carry snack is what you’re after, here are some cleaner, nutrient-denser cereals and snack bars to choose from (LINK).
But if you have a smidgen more time on your hands — say, 15 minutes? — why not prepare something quick and easy, or cook up something delicious the night (or even a few days) before so you can just grab and go?
Here are some delicious, nutritious and speedy breakfast ideas to get you started. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram, and share your favorite start-of-the-day recipes with us!