Wake up to a good breakfast
ZzZZZZZzzzz. Sorry, did we wake you? We all recognise that fuzzy just-woken-up feeling. It’s because during the night your metabolism slows right down. No worries, to get it going again, you just need to refuel!
Breakfast is the best way to kick start your day
It’s widely recommended that your morning meal should provide around 20% of your daily energy. It should also contribute significantly to your daily nutrient intake, including carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. And children need to get up to a quarter of their daily calcium from their breakfast too. So breakfast has a pretty big job to do!
Missed breakfast – miss out!
Breakfast helps you be prepared for the day ahead and if you skip it you’ll miss out on the goodness you need to get going. You might think you can get what you’ve missed later on in the day – but studies show that if you don't get the right nutrients first thing in the morning, it’s quite hard to make up for them.
Did you know?
Research shows that people who eat breakfast tend to make better food choices and have a higher nutrient intake than those who don’t. It’s as simple as that!
Skipping won't necessarily make you skinny!
Missing breakfast isn’t a great way to try to lose weight. That’s because if you miss out on nutrients when getting up, you’ll probably feel hungry as the morning goes on. And you’ll be more likely to give in to unhealthy cravings! What’s more, studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to have a healthier diet than those who don’t.
So, there you have it … breakfast really does give you a great start to the day. When you next see someone with a spring in their step in the morning, who knows, maybe they started their day with a nutritious, balanced breakfast!
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