Why is breakfast important?

If you are going to eat breakfast, you need to do better than a sugary cereal bar or chocolate-filled croissant every morning. The ideal is something that is high in protein, containing complex carbs and fibre.

Porridge

Porridge is a classic as it’s filling, high in fibre and versatile. You can make overnight oats, get started on your 5-a-day by topping with fruit, or even go for something fancy like Snickers porridge(!), or spiced apple pie porridge. 

Eggs

Eggs are high in protein, making them ideal for your first meal of the day.

Scrambled eggs on toast is a good one, but if you’ve got more time you can make something truly special, like this mushroom brunch, or a lighter version of a croque madame.

Or if you’re pressed for time, a couple of hard-boiled eggs is a good, portable one. Here’s how to boil an egg – it’s ok, we won’t judge.

Cooked breakfasts

There’s something just so satisfying about a fry-up. But if you’re trying to lose weight, you’d do well to stay away from greasy fried bread and fatty sausages.

That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy a cooked breakfast as you lose weight, though. Cut down on the oil used in cooking, grill bacon and cut the fat off, and load up on grilled tomatoes and gently fried mushrooms.

Other favourites

– Sweet potato probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of breakfast, but Nom Nom Paleo’s sweet potato hash is a beaut for weekend breakfasts.

– If you’re short on time in the morning, here’s a list of 31 healthy and fast breakfast recipes for busy mornings. 

– If you’re not a fan of breakfast but want to get into the habit, here’s the NHS’ Eat Well guide to healthy breakfasts for people who hate breakfast.

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