It’s time for you to break that fast
From a full English to a fruit smoothie, there are plenty of tasty ways to start your day, yet many of us are still skipping breakfast. It’s time to rise and shine, says Diana Pilkington.
Time and again we’re told it’s the most important meal of the day, but many of us are still failing to tuck into breakfast in the morning.
According to a new study, nearly half of us skip brekkie at least once a week, while 15% of those surveyed never eat that vital early meal.
The top reason given was not feeling hungry first thing, while 21% of respondents would rather spend longer in bed.
And one in 10 people miss out in a belief it will help them lose weight - despite breakfast-skippers being twice as likely to munch on crisps later in the morning.
The research was conducted for Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which aims to put a stop to these bad habits and encourage people to start the day with a meal.
Dietician Nigel Denby said: “People who eat a healthy breakfast have better concentration, more energy, tend to be less stressed and are less likely to be overweight.
“Despite the wealth of evidence about the benefits of eating breakfast, it’s shocking to see so many people missing out and that a large number of people are unclear about the benefits.
“For those who don’t feel hungry in the morning there are plenty of light breakfast options, such as smoothies or a bowl of cereal.
“If you start your day with a healthy balanced meal you are also more likely to make healthier food choices for the rest of the day.”
Nadia Sawalha, who is supporting the campaign, used to avoid breakfast in a bid to slim down, but found she only ended up snacking on less virtuous foods when hunger got the better of her.
“Every meal is important but the angel wings pop out at breakfast time,” says the presenter, now a convert to the breakfast cause.
“I have different breakfasts for different situations. If I’m on the run I’ll peel open an avocado in the car and have it with a handful of pumpkin seeds.
“On a lazy Sunday I’ll have blueberry pancakes or a low-fat fry up.
“It’s pandemonium in my house in the morning, but the one thing we do make time for is breakfast, even if it means sending out the kids with something to eat on the bus.”
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