You’ve heard it a million times but it’s true, breakfast is in fact the most important meal of the day. It provides your body and brain with the fuel it needs at after an overnight fast and without it, you’re running on empty.
It is essential that you have a good breakfast. Not only will it jump-start your metabolism, eating the right foods can also boost your brain, leaving you more alert, energetic and productive during your day.
Below are 4 breakfast ideas that are guaranteed to give you that extra brain power ahead of a long day:
Porridge oats are healthy in many ways, but did you know they can also fuel your brain? Oats contain iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins, all of which help with brain function. They are also high in complex carbohydrates and fibre, meaning they provide a slow energy release that lasts for several hours, keeping hunger at bay until lunchtime. Top with berries, nuts, honey or sliced banana.
High in protein, eggs help you to concentrate by keeping your blood sugar stabilised and feeling fuller for longer. No matter how you like your eggs in the morning; scrambled, hard boiled or in an omelette, they’ll keep your brain and body charged all morning. Choline, a B vitamin found in eggs, has also been shown to play a significant role in protecting your brain from the affects of ageing.
Try a green smoothie with ingredients such as spinach, cucumber, broccoli, kale, avocado and kiwi. You’ll get a kick of brain-healthy antioxidants and minerals - all needed so your body can function properly. Add some pumpkin seeds too; they are packed with Omega 3 and zinc, which is known to improve mental health and support healthy brain development.
Researchers suggest that berries benefit the brain in many ways, and in particular, blueberries. Rich in antioxidants and other phytochemicals, researchers have found that blueberries can boost concentration and memory up to five hours later. Enjoy on their own or incorporate them into your yogurt, porridge or smoothies.
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