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To breakfast, or not to breakfast?

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on December 3, 2015

The short answer is: yes!

Breakfast sets you up for the rest of the day ahead, giving you energy and reducing the likelihood that you’ll overeat during the day. Even though you might feel like you haven’t been doing anything, your body uses up energy while you sleep, and it needs to refuel.

The Dieticians Association Australia recommends eating a breakfast that’s high in fibre and contains some protein to stop you from feeling hungry earlier in the day. Breakfast is also a great chance to boost your daily fruit and veg. Try cooked mushrooms or protein-rich baked beans, your favourite seasonal fruit on cereal, muesli or in a smoothie, or everyone’s number one breakfast star, avocado on toast.

If you’re rolling your eyes reading this because you know there’s no way you have time to eat breakfast before you leave in the morning, you’re not alone. The good news is that you don’t have to eat as soon as you get up. Eating brekkie on the train or at work is allowed, as long as it’s well-balanced – as long as you have something substantial to eat within a few hours of waking up, your body will thank you.

Does this mean breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, like our mums have been telling us for years?

Not quite. It’s definitely important, but not more important than any other meal. Just because you have a good breakfast doesn’t mean you can let lunch and dinner slip. Eating regular meals helps your body burn energy more effectively and means you convert more into energy and less into fat.

So the long answer is: eat a well-balanced breakfast, but your other meals of the day have their part to play in healthy eating as well.

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