With many of us following such busy schedules, breakfast can often become a rushed affair, if not skipped entirely. But, as the most important meal of the day and much-needed fuel for your body, it deserves to be taken seriously.
So, if you’re someone who could benefit from making some healthy changes to your morning routine in the new year, here are a few breakfast resolutions to keep in mind.
Don’t skip it
Research on breakfast habits has revealed that 1 in 5 people skip breakfast on a regular basis. Sure, it might feel like your morning schedule is chaotic enough without having to factor in time for breakfast, but it’s worth it for the sake of your health. By skipping breakfast, you could be increasing your risk of health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and migraines, so it’s in your best interest to start your day with some nutritious grub. All you need to do is set your alarm 15 minutes earlier!
Prepare something the night before
Free up your time in the morning by whipping something together for your brekkie the night before. Dishes like overnight oats or yoghurt and chopped fruit are easy to put together and refrigerate overnight, so it’ll be ready and waiting for you when you roll out of bed.
Fill yourself up
Not only can skipping breakfast or grabbing something on the go lead to unhealthy eating habits, but a grumbling belly can be distracting at work too! Avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks mid-morning by eating something filling for brekkie that will tide you over until lunchtime. You’ll feel more satisfied and more focused for it.
Swap coffee for herbal tea
While coffee consumption is perfectly fine for you in moderation, many report feeling sluggish after the caffeine boost has worn off. Even when drank in the morning, it can impact some people’s sleep pattern and quality. English Breakfast Tea, on the other hand, only contains a third of the caffeine of a cup of coffee. More so, some herbal teas contain just minimal traces of caffeine and can offer health benefits such as improved digestion, boosted immune system, stress relief and more.
Eat something nutritious
It’s the most important meal of the day, so make sure your breakfast is nutritious and is going to give you the energy boost you need. Protein is the ideal option, as it takes more time to digest and will leave you feeling full for longer. Combine it with high fibre food to keep your digestion working at its best. Some healthy breakfast options include eggs on wholemeal toast and unsweetened cereal with low-fat yoghurt and fruit.
Try something new
If you feel uninspired by your standard breakfast options, why not branch out and try something new? It could be a brand-new recipe or just mixing things up with some new ingredients. For example, there are tonnes of ways to enjoy a bowl of oats, from banana and blueberry flavour to figs and honey. If you’re feeling experimental, you could even substitute your oats for quinoa or pop some chia seeds in with your oats for an added protein supplement.
Take your time
When you’re in a hurry in the morning, it can be tempting to gobble your breakfast down as quickly as possible, but this can lead to indigestion. Instead, chew consciously and take your time over your food. You’ll enjoy it more and it will be better for your digestion.
Ready to get 2020 off to a healthy start? If you follow these breakfast tips, you’re sure to feel more energised and ready to cease the day (and year). A healthy breakfast equals a healthy lifestyle!
This guest post was authored by Kimyen Wan
Kimyen is a freelance writer covering topics related to wellness and lifestyle. She is based in London.