Breakfast. The meal people skip the most? But proceed to eat more during lunch and dinner, snack more between these meals, all because they’re making up for lost calories. Yeah okay. Heard it before. Think about it, it can be this simple – eat in the morning, have the whole day to burn the energy. Eat a lot, later at night, no time to use the energy you’ve provided your body with.
It’s a lot to do with TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) but we’ll save that chat for another time…
Ultimately, food is energy. Energy is needed every day, to move, to think, to function as a human. So if you’re not fuelling your body in the morning, are you working at your maximum potential throughout the day? Try and have breakfast as much as possible but think about what you’re eating. A high protein breakfast at 7am would fuel you until an 11am snack. An overload of carbs are not necessary early doors unless you’re fuelling for exercise or sport. Trust us. Let us give you some good breakfast ideas:
- 0% fat Greek yoghurt with berries (add a little agave if you need some sweetness)
- 2-3 eggs with spinach (chuck in some spring onions and broccoli too)
- Overnight oats with Greek yoghurt and berries
- Blueberry or banana protein pancakes
- Protein shake with banana and almond milk/water
Not having time for breakfast isn’t really an excuse nowadays. You have an alarm on your phone? Set it 20 mins earlier. Don’t want to eat as soon as you wake up? Take it to work. Haven’t got time to cook in the morning? Eat breakfast that doesn’t require cooking. Also, having a latte or mocha isn’t breakfast. Just putting it out there.
Luckily for us, as consumers, breakfast cereals sales have been in a steady decline in the last 15 years. Most of these cereals are high in sugar and carbohydrate content. Those cereals that sell themselves as ‘high protein’ can get in the bin too…How can a cereal which is predominantly whole-grain or wheat be high in protein? Yes, it may be ‘higher’ in protein than their last line of cereal releases but it 100% is not high in protein. Read the back of the packet, back of the box, compare carbohydrate vs protein content. Then delve even deeper and read into ‘Carbohydrate…of which sugars’. I’m sure you’ll be amazed by what the front of the packet claims compared to the nutrition guide on the back.