WHY IS BREAKFAST IMPORTANT?
THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAKFAST
We all know that we should prioritise a healthy meal to start each day. Right? The reality is our busy lives see us rushing out of the door without a second thought about eating breakfast. Have you ever stopped to think about what breakfast means, what a balanced breakfast contains and why it’s important? Read on to find out!
What is breakfast?
BREAKING THE FAST
A proper, nutritious breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and replenishes your energy stores after sleep, providing fuel for your brain and body after an overnight fast – quite literally, breaking a fast!1
According to scientific evidence, we should be aiming to consume 15-25% of our daily energy intake at breakfast time – that’s around 300-500 calories for women and 375-625 calories for men.2
SKIPPING BREAKFAST MEANS MORE SNACKING
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Skipping breakfast means more snacking. By not consuming breakfast, you release more ghrelin (the ‘hunger hormone’), stimulating your appetite and makes you crave foods with a higher sugar and saturated/trans fat content for a quick yet short-lived energy boost.3
By keeping your body satiated with nutritious foods early in the day, you quell your ghrelin levels and make healthier food choices in the long-term.
Energy, metabolism, healthier choices
5 BENEFITS OF BREAKFAST
A nutritious breakfast in conjunction with healthy lifestyle and exercise has many health benefits:
- Refuels your glycogen (sugar) stores, boosting your energy levels and mood.
- Keeps your metabolism functioning at an optimal level and helps to maintain body mass index (BMI) within the normal range.4
- Provides vital nutrients - fibre and calcium - to kickstart your day.
- Reduces the likelihood of unhealthy snacking.
- Stabilises blood sugar levels - important in helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.5
MACRONUTRIENTS, MICRONUTRIENTS AND PHYTONUTRIENTS
THE ELEMENTS OF A HEALTHY & BALANCED BREAKFAST
Not all breakfasts are equal. A balanced breakfast contains a combination of macronutrients, micronutrients and phytonutrients and is low in sugar yet high in protein and fibre to ensure energy is released slowly throughout the morning to keep you satiated until your next meal.2
Macronutrients are comprised of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
- Tip 1: Get some extra protein into your breakfast with a scoop of NUTRIWAY All Plant Protein Powder. This protein powder contains amino acids from three plant sources to support your energy and muscles.
- Tip 2: Start your day with healthy carbohydrates that deliver vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients. POSITRIM® Protein Bars contain high quality protein and added fibre and calcium, with 2g of carbohydrates, to keep you satiated until lunch time.
- Tip 3: Unsaturated, or ‘good’ fats, gives your body lasting energy as well as keep the brain healthy.8 The NUTRIWAY Omega-3 Complex provides your body with essential fatty acids which help to support memory and concentration.
Micronutrients are comprised of essential vitamins and minerals to keep your body functional and protected from diseases.9
- Tip: If you struggle to get your daily dose of micronutrients through what you eat, NUTRIWAY® DOUBLE X® is a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, phytonutrient supplement delivering 12 essential vitamins, 10 essential minerals and 22 plant concentrates which helps fill micronutrient gaps in a convenient tablet format.
Phytonutrients are chemicals found only in plants. It is important to eat fruits and vegetables from the five phytonutrient colour groups to minimise the harmful effects of free radicals.10
- Tip: There’s never been an easier way to ensure you can fuel your body to perform at its best with NUTRIWAY® DOUBLE X® - which provides a dosage of phytonutrients from fruits, vegetables and herb extracts that represent all five colours of the phytonutrient spectrum!
NUTRIENT DENSE & FULL OF QUALITY PROTEIN
PROTEIN-RICH BREAKFAST IDEAS
Feeling hungry after eating breakfast? You may need to increase your protein intake. Not sure how to incorporate more protein at breakfast time? Try these delicious, easy and high protein breakfast ideas and recipes that can be eaten on-the-go or at work!
Still short on time in the morning? The NUTRIWAY POSITRIM Protein Bars have you sorted – they’re the convenient solution to breakfast on-the-go
NUTRIWAY Q+ BREAKFAST BUNDLE
The NUTRIWAY Q+ Breakfast Bundle has been developed to support your body’s needs and fuel your busy lifestyle, filling any nutritional gaps early on in your day. With options for on-the-go breakfast and deliciously nutritious recipes, there are no more excuses! Kickstart your day the healthy way!
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2. Spence, C. (2017), “Breakfast: The most important meal of the day?”, International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, viewed 6 December 2019, URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878450X17300045
3. Hormone Health Network, “Ghrelin”, Hormone.org, Endocrine Society, viewed 6 December 2019, URL: https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones/ghrelin
4. Adolphus, K., Lawton, C. L., & Dye, L. (2013), “The effects of breakfast on behavior and academic performance in children and adolescents”, Frontiers in human neuroscience, viewed 6 December 2019, URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3737458/
5. Health Engine, “Blood glucose control (blood sugar levels)”, HealthEngine.com.au, viewed 6 December 2019, URL: https://www.myvmc.com/food/blood-glucose-control-blood-sugar-levels/
8. Harvard Health Publishing, “Know the facts about fats”, Harvard Men’s Health Watch, viewed 6 December 2019, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/know-the-facts-about-fats
9. Harvard Health Publishing, “The best foods for vitamins and minerals”, Harvard Medical School, viewed 6 December 2019, URL: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-best-foods-for-vitamins-and-minerals
10. Harvard Health Publishing, “Add color to your diet for good nutrition”, Harvard Medical School, viewed 6 December 2019, URL: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/add-color-to-your-diet-for-good-nutrition