Our first top tip is to always have a nutritious breakfast as this should provide 25% of your daily nutritional intake.
The word breakfast literally means “breaking the fast”. It is important for everyone to always have a nutritionally-balanced breakfast to top up the energy stores used each night while the body repairs and renews itself. Breakfast not only provides the energy to kickstart the day but also provides key nutrients the body needs such as fibre, vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron. Breakfast should provide about 20-25% of your daily nutritional requirements.
There are many other health benefits of eating breakfast. The British Dietetic Association says those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and have reduced risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Establishing a regular eating pattern has also been shown to improve glycaemic control and curb hunger gains. A nutritionally balanced breakfast everyday will help enhance the overall nutritional quality of your daily food intake, by reducing the chance of snacking on less healthy foods without necessarily catching up on essential nutrients.
A healthy breakfast should be built from the main food groups; starchy foods, fruit and vegetables, and milk and dairy. Starchy foods such as breads and cereals provide energy, B vitamins, fibre and some iron. While, fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and fibre. Milk and dairy forms an important element of breakfast; those who miss breakfast miss out on a vast amount of calcium intake as this meal is the main source of dairy. Calcium is essential to keep your bones strong and healthy, no matter your age. A serving of milk with breakfast can give you up to one third of your daily calcium needs.
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