What constitutes a healthy breakfast?
Your sample breakfast might look a little like this: one ¾ cup serving of a wholegrain cereal such as All Bran, rolled oats, or 2 Weetbix with skim or low fat milk, followed by a hard boiled egg and an orange or apple. Try to steer clear of cereals with a high sugar content (i.e. some toasted muesli’s), syrupy based fruits, pastries and white breads, instead opt for wholegrain, rye or sourdough type breads. These are not only lower in kilojoules but have a low GI factor as well, which means that they satiate your hunger for longer. Foods such as white bread and pastries are high GI, this means that they might fill you up quickly but in a couple of hours you will start to feel hungry again. Protein and fibre go hand in hand in satiating your hunger for longer so you will only need a light snack
2 to 3 hours after your breakfast before your lunch; this not only keeps your hunger pangs under control but is a valuable tool in weight management and keeps your metabolic fire burning!!
For some people though, the thought of eating breakfast is too much. A good strategy is to have half of your breakfast i.e. just have a boiled egg or a piece of toast with a scraping of vegemite, jam or honey and have the rest later for morning tea, such as 200g of yogurt with a small to medium piece of fruit/ a small handful of nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts.
Begin your day the right way, with a healthy breakfast every morning and by doing this you will be setting yourself up to get more out of your day, you will begin to feel and notice the difference throughout your morning, in fact for the entire day!
Dean Piazza is the resident personal trainer @ http://www.homegymequipment.com.au. – Australia’s Biggest range of Home Gym Equipment at Cheap prices. Dean Is the expert personal trainer on NineMsn, Australia’s largest website portal and regularly appears in magazines with his training tips, weight loss comments and fitness equipment reviews.