Are you ready to transform your body from the inside out?
Health is Wealth
Breakfast is vital in replenishing your body with essential nutrients to maintain your energy levels and kickstart your day. Whilst sleeping your body has been in a fasting period hence ‘break-fast’ and requires important minerals such as iron, calcium and B vitamins alongside protein and fibre to function at its optimum. If nutrients are missed at breakfast your body is less likely to make it up later in the day. Studies prove that a healthy breakfast can help children improve their performance at school, improve overall memory, prevent type 2 diabetes and shed those extra pounds!
Our director Graham Cobb states, “We signed up to BNF Healthy Eating week as we wanted to demonstrate and encourage the importance of healthier eating and lifestyle choices. Our healthy community breakfast in the nursery had a massive impact on the children who became more focused and energised. We are keen to do it again.”
What Does a Healthy Breakfast Look Like?
The key components that make up a healthy breakfast are…
- Wholegrain. Trying to lower your cholesterol levels? Then fibre is your answer. Wholemeal bread for your toast or oatmeal for your porridge are hearty wholesome foods that promote healthy bowel function.
- 5 a day. We’ve all heard how important it is to eat at least 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day, so why not give yourself a head start and include it in breakfast? This could be some blueberries on your porridge or a sliced banana and peanut butter toasted sandwich.
- Protein. Busy day ahead and not sure when you can next break for lunch? Protein foods balance your blood sugars so you can avoid the 11am energy dip and will keep you fuller for longer. Eggs (scrambled or poached) and flaxseeds (sprinkled on porridge) are great examples of this.
- Water. Our bodies are 60% water and need at least 2 litres of water a day to keep them ticking over. Start your day right with a tall glass of water or a healthy hot beverage like green tea which is full of antioxidants to improve skin health, brain function and is also fat burning.
- Dairy. Calcium is a win-win for everyone. It’s vital for growing children to establish healthy bones whilst being integral to older people to ward off bone diseases like osteoporosis. Greek yoghurt and semi-skimmed milk are great sources of it. Look out for almond milk which is ‘calcium-fortified’ if you are lactose intolerant.
Our service users often skipped breakfast -the healthiest meal of the day. We responded with activities around fresh fruit / healthier snacks, daily community breakfasts, a new workout class and encouraged people to discuss mental health with Mind Camden.
Interested in eating healthy yourself?
Here’s a guided meal plan for you:
Peanut butter and sliced banana on a slice of toasted wholemeal bread with a strawberry smoothie made up of yoghurt, water, honey and berries.
Shakshuka (popular Israeli dish) consists of eggs, different vegetables, feta and chopped tomatoes with a cup of green tea.
Oatmeal porridge with almond milk, sprinkled with flax seeds and blueberries with a cup of hot water and lemon.
Fruit salad mixed with quinoa, cinnamon, honey and lime with a peppermint tea.
Guacamole (avocado mixed with greek yoghurt, lime and chilli) with scrambled tofu and a glass of orange juice.