Wake Up: It’s Time for a Healthy Breakfast

6-Grain Porridge with Soymilk & Nanner

Our local blogosphere is a wise bunch when it comes to brekkie. Last Tuesday, MizFit listed her morning favourites such as cheese and chia seeds. In Japan, Chika of She Who Eats shares her morning menu of sashimi, rice and miso soup. Oatmeal is a common theme: Yan of DietHack thinks it’s the best breakfast for long-lasting energy, while Susan of the FatFree Vegan Kitchen gets to the point with this enticing recipe for apple-spiced steel-cut oats.

The statistics seem to prove what to many of us is already common sense: “breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day”. Earlier this week, a new study on adolescents showed the direct relationship between breakfast and body mass index (BMI): the more often people ate breakfast, the lower the BMI. The study was conducted on youngsters, but the same goes for adults: in 2003, a Harvard study on 2,831 adults showed that people who ate breakfast every day were a third less likely to be obese compared to those who skipped a meal.

What’s so great about breakfast? Researchers think that breakfast helps stabilise blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy. Eating first thing in the morning makes you less likely to be hungry during the rest of the day, and therefore less likely to hit the vending machine for an emergency Snickers.

To the rest of us, however, breakfast just tastes good. I remember my former roommate in Austin who spent her mornings curled up on the couch with a bowl of granola and the radio tuned to NPR. Along with hot coffee and slippers, breakfast is comfort as well as fuel. If only we always had time to take it slow.

Inspired by MizFit, I’ve made a list of our own quick and slow breakfasts here at casa de la hungry:

Quick breakfasts

  • Oatmeal with rolled oats, grated apple and soy milk
  • Boiled egg with raw nuts and a piece of fruit
  • Bircher muesli
  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Black beans with cheese and salsa
  • Mix and match continental breakfast. Choose from the following: boiled egg, yogurt, cheese, toast, beans, nuts, fresh fruit
  • Smoothie made with protein powder (or tofu), frozen fruit, flax oil, and milk

Slow breakfasts

Now I’m hungry.

3 thoughts on “Wake Up: It’s Time for a Healthy Breakfast

  1. MizFit

    thanks for the shout out.
    you sound a lot like I am with the eating of breakfast foods (beans and cheese/boiled eggs etc) which arent specifically breakfast foods.

    I went through a phase where I had low fat pizza for breakfast every morning only to be replaced by chicken and rice 🙂

    Im an enigma … I know.


  2. Rachel Marston

    Porridge is always a good option if you have the time, otherwise muesli is filling and healthy, can’t get better than a bowl of muesli to get your day started the right way.
    Rachel, from Jordans Cereals


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