Many people skip breakfast because they dont have time or they think it will help them lose weight . This can actually have the opposite effect and lead to gaining weight in the long term! Eating breakfast helps your brain work properly, which is very important to prepare for a long day at work or school. It also makes it easier for you to follow a healthy eating pattern for the rest of the day by making you less likely to crave sweets or junk food before lunch.
Breakfast is one of the easiest meals of the day to prepare and there are lots of tasty things you can eat at breakfast time. Don't get bored with the same old breakfast try different foods and combinations each day.
Toasted Raisin bread with a thin scrape of margarine.
Wholegrain toast with a thin scrape of honey or ricotta cheese and sliced banana.
Crumpets or English Muffins with sliced tomato or a thin spread of honey or jam.
Chopped fresh or tinned fruit (in natural juice) with a small tub of low fat yoghurt.
Frozen fruit try banana, rockmelon, grapes, oranges, watermelon and strawberries.
Wrap a banana in wholemeal bread or fruit bread.
Small can of baked beans on wholegrain toast.
Toasted sandwich: Try fillings such as sliced banana, tinned apple with a sprinkling of cinnamon or baked beans.
Vegetable pikelets: mix 1 cup of flour, 1 egg and 1 cup of milk with grated leftover carrot and zucchini, then fry in a non-stick pan sprayed with vegetable oil.
Banana smoothie: blend ½ banana and 1 cup of low fat or skim milk.
Fruit and yoghurt smoothie: blend ½ cup low fat fruit yoghurt, ½ cup low fat milk and ½ cup canned fruit in natural juice.
Pizza Muffins: top wholemeal or multigrain muffins with tomato paste and slices of tomato, capsicum, grated carrot, pineapple
and a sprinkle of low fat grated cheese, then grill until cheese is melted.
Homemade Muesli: combine 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup processed bran, ½ cup wheatgerm, ½ cup rice bran, ½ cup sultanas, ½ cup dried apricots, 1/2 cup of dried fruit medley and 1/2 cup mixed seeds and nuts.
Cook porridge according to the directions on the packet and add some dried fruit such as sultanas or apricots.
Low fat and sugar, high fibre breakfast cereal served with chopped fresh or tinned fruit and low fat milk. There are some great ones to choose from.