Serve with greek yogurt.
September is better breakfast and I for one cannot leave the house without it, speaking to me before breakfast (and a cup of tea) is risky business, once Ive eaten I’m more approachable.
Breakfast sets you up for the day and increases your body’s energy levels. After our overnight fast breakfast helps restore of our blood glucose levels to normal, low blood glucose levels affects our ability to concentrate and perform mental tasks. Studies have shown that school children who consume breakfast perform at a higher level and have more energy than those who don’t consume breakfast. Breakfast also raises muscle and liver glycogen stores helping performance during exercise, if exercising first thing carbohydrates are important as this is our muscles preferred energy source.
Breakfast for weight loss:
Eating breakfast lowers the blood level of cortisol (stress hormone) which peaks in the early hours of the morning due to the overnight repair process of the body. High levels of cortisol turn us into fat storers (especially around the abdomen) and stimulates appetite, leading to eating more throughout the day. Numerous studies have been done on the impact of breakfast on weight loss, these studies have found that those who regularly skip breakfast have a higher chance of being obese than those who routinely eat breakfast (Journal of American diet association, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). It has also been found that 78% of successful dieters, defined as those who lost more than 10% of the body weight and kept it off for 2 years, reported eating breakfast everyday (Obesity Journal 2002). Researchers also found that dieters who ate breakfast lost 50% more weight than those who skipped breakfast even though they consumed the same amount of calories during the day (American journal of Clinical Nutrition).