What's for breakfast in your house?

What did you have for breakfast this morning? 

Don't tell me you skipped it because I won't listen ... lalalalalalalalala ( fingers in my ears )

Apparently it's the most important meal of the day!  I know you've heard that it helps with weight loss if you eat breakfast, but why not skip breakfast and cut a few calories?  That should work out the same shouldn't it? 

Not really .. When you skip breakfast are you absolutely starving and can't think straight by 10am? Then you fill up on lunch, then continue to nibble through out the day thereby making up and even over eating the calories you skipped at breakfast!

Then what benefits are there for eating breakfast and helping you lose or control your weight?
  • You are "breaking the fast" after not eating for 10 - 12 hours. When you eat breakfast your body knows to produce enzymes that you need to metabolise and help lose weight.
  • Having a healthy balanced breakfast will fire you up and give you the energy that you need to keep going throughout the day especially if you have to work, chase kids, family and include exercise!
Now that I have convinced you to give breakfast a go, what should you do?

  • First up, eat soon after waking, some suggest within 30 minutes. If you are training early in the morning, it's a personal preference whether you eat before or after training. If you are going to be doing an intense training session, I would recommend having something before hand as it will give you extra fuel to put in a quality training session. You don't want to pass out on the floor half way through your session! If you are going for a walk or light run, you decide .. just don't leave it too long to get something in your belly.
  • Next up, choose something that is filling and slow digesting, a mix of carbohydrate and protein is ideal. Not high in fat or sugar! Also, watch your portion sizes. It is really easy to overeat especially when you are chowing down cereal in the morning after a run! I also like to have a serve of fruit at breakfast because I don't always feel the love for fruit later in the day!
What is on the breakfast menu at my house ...

  • Muesli with berries .. I make my own muesli and the recipe is here
  • One piece of wholegrain toast with an egg .. poached, boiled or scrambled.  If you are doing scrambled don't be adding too many extras like butter, milk, cheese!  Also, your choice whether you go egg / egg white.  I usually go whole egg + 1 egg white because even though the yolk has some fat, it also has heaps of nutrients!
  • Oats with berries .. I make my oats on water and then add about a tablespoon of milk to confuse myself into thinking it's creamy!
Oh and a coffee! Don't get in the way of my coffee!!

What's on the breakfast menu in your house? 
Or do you need to make a bit more of an effort with this meal?



Deb said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I must confess I have the SAME thing each weekday morning - and have done so for years.... (occasionally having yoghurt and cereal).

I have a bacon & egg toasted sandwich, though it's a bit healthier than it sounds....

I chuck the GF bread in the toaster, while a small no-rind middle rasher of bacon gets zapped in the microwave. I then break the egg on top and put it back in the microwave until just runny. I then use the yolk to moisten the bread (I don't really like butter) and finish cooking and then squish it together. I cut it into 4 little squares and eat while reading blogs / online news before work (or in the car - of late - when I've been driving!).

I suspect I should mix it up a bit!

On weekends I usually don't eat straight away but stuff about for an hour or so and then eat scrambled eggs or something a bit more filling and often make it brunch!


Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Deb That sounds YUM! And it really doesn't sound too bad for you either! Couldn't hurt to mix it up sometimes though and get some cereals x