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Healthy Eating: Breakfast

Kick-start your day with a healthy breakfast. Here's some ideas including a low calorie 'Traditional English' breakfast.

Get in the Breakfast Habit

It has been said many times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a long period without eating your blood sugar levels will be low. Skipping breakfast can mean your body will start to crave something sweet and you'll end up snacking on unhealthy foods.

Start the day with a filling and nutritious meal and you will give your metabolism a kick start. You'll feel full until lunch time with no temptation to snack your way through the morning. Some studies have also shown that eating breakfast (high carbohydrate/low fat) can make you more alert and assertive to face the day.

Some dieters skip breakfast in order to cut down overall food intake, but this can backfire. Find out why in our feature article by Dr Muhamad Usman, Does Eating Breakfast help You Lose Weight?

Get In the Habit

Overcome the reasons not to have breakfast and make it part of your day. If you're too busy in the morning, prepare as much as you can the night before. If you can't stomach anything first thing try just a glass of pure, unsweetened fruit juice, a banana, yoghurt or slice of toast. Get into the habit of trying different dishes at breakfast and enjoy it!

Breakfast Cereals

Go for a low-calorie muesli (no added sugar or salt) or a high fibre cereal - such as Weetabix or Shredded Wheat  with semi skimmed or skimmed milk.  Add some fresh fruit - a sliced banana or dried apricots - to add natural sweetness and help you resist the sugar. (They also count towards your daily fruit and vegetable quota). Check out our Tried and Tasted Breakfast Cereals.

Fresh Fruit Salad 

Fresh fruit salad will provide a slow release of energy to get you through until lunchtime and also give you a healthy top up of vitamins and minerals. This healthy choice will motivate you to make healthy choices throughout the day. Peel and slice a few of your favourite fruits, top with a dollop of natural bio-yoghurt and enjoy with a slice of bread and honey. Alternatively, if you've got a blender, pop the peeled and cored fruit in with the yoghurt and teaspoon of honey and make a delicious fresh smoothie.

Egg and Soldiers

Egg and soldiers isn't all bad. Eggs are an excellent and compact source of nutrients, are relatively low in calories (75kcals each if boiled / poached) and contain very little saturated fat. Use wholemeal bread for the "soldiers" and resist the butter / spread - try marmite instead! Accompany with a glass of fruit or vegetable juice.

Traditional English

You don't have to miss out on your traditional Sunday breakfast. There's nothing wrong with a cooked breakfast as long as it's a "grill up", not a "fry up" - fried foods hold the fat! Lean bacon is a good source of protein, trim the fat and grill. Eggs contain iron and calcium - to get the benefits poach or boil. Add some low-sugar, low-salt baked beans and a grilled tomato. Accompany with some toasted wholemeal bread and a glass of unsweetened fruit juice. Let your breakfast digest and then enjoy a Sunday morning walk (depending on your weight you'll burn between 90-190kcals walking moderately for 30 minutes).

Fry Up - 
427kcals/serving
Lower Calorie Traditional English - 240kcals/serving
1 Rasher (25g) Bacon 
Back, Lean & Fat Fried
1 Rasher (25g) Bacon 
Back, Fat Trimmed, Grilled
1 Small Can (200g) Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce ½ Small Can (100g) Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce, Low Sugar & Salt, Heinz
1 Medium (85g) Tomato,
Fried in Blended Oil
1 Medium (85g) Tomato, 
Grilled
1 Medium Egg, Fried 1 Medium Egg, Poached

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