breakfastOn the 31st October 2010 the clocks went back by an hour, which gave us all that lovely extra long lie-in. But rather than lying in bed, why not use the extra time to make a delicious breakfast that will keep you going until lunch time?

The age old of saying that ‘breakfast is most important meal of the day’ is not far wrong. Although all our meals are important, there are many reasons why a breakfast is one of the most important.

The word breakfast literally means ‘break the fast’. By the morning, our bodies have gone without food for a number of hours, but a healthy breakfast provides the nutrients and energy we need to start the day. Breakfast may also help you to control your weight, there is some evidence that those who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

So what is a healthy breakfast? There’s enough variety of breakfast options to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. Check out the list below for some healthy breakfast tips.

  • Wholegrain cereal is a great start to the day and provides energy, B vitamins, protein and fibre and can be topped with fresh fruit and flaked nuts. Try to chose semi-skimmed or skimmed milk or even low fat yogurt with your cereal.
  • Make a simple porridge, it’s quick to make and warming for those chilly winter mornings. A bowl of porridge releases its energy slowly to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  • For a change from your wholemeal toast, why not try a toasted muffin or bagel.
  • Poached eggs and mushrooms on granary toast.
  • A seeded bagel topped with grilled plum tomatoes.
  • Having at least one portion of fruits or vegetables at breakfast can really help you to achieve your 5-a-day. So add a handful of fresh fruit to your cereal and porridge, slice a banana up on your toast or wash it all down with a smoothie or a glass of orange juice.
  • The occasional full-English breakfast can be included in a healthy diet. Removing excess fat from the bacon and poaching rather than frying the eggs will help you to lower the saturated fat content.