It has long been drummed in to us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only can it be one of the tastiest meals of the day it fuels your mind and your body, giving you the energy you need for a great day.
With 1/3 of Brits reporting that they skip breakfast, and with the popularity of intermittent fasting, we were curious to find out if breakfast really is the most important meal of the day?
WHY IS BREAKFAST SO IMPORTANT?
WEIGHT LOSS – By eating breakfast you will be kick-starting your metabolism, making sure it burns more calories throughout the day. Research has revealed that eating a high protein breakfast encourages fat burning throughout the day in comparison to people who skip breakfast. People, who miss breakfast, tend to get hungrier throughout the day and are more likely to choose unhealthy and quick options to satisfy their hunger.
MUSCLE BUILDING – If your goal is to build or maintain muscle mass, it is important to restore glycogen levels after you sleep in order to help your muscles repair and to grow.
BRAIN HEALTH – Your brain needs energy to function at its best so eating a healthy breakfast is linked to increased focus, memory and cognitive function.
ENERGY – Your body uses energy whilst you sleep to help repair your muscles and keep your body optimising at its best. Therefore by eating breakfast you are refuelling and giving yourself the energy you need to conquer your day.
REDUCES CRAVINGS - Studies show that people who skip breakfast are known to feel hungrier mid morning and start to have stronger cravings than those who have started their day with a nutritious meal.
STABILISES BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – By eating breakfast you will be helping to stablise your blood sugar levels, this will help prevent fatigue, reduce any cravings and keep you in a happier mood.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS – Breakfast is a great time to get in your vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning at its optimum. Research has revealed that if you do not eat a nutritious breakfast you are less likely to get all the vitamins you need throughout the day.
PLANT BASED BREAKFAST IDEAS
• Time to cook: Tofu scramble served with wholegrain toast and a side of avocado
• In a rush: Overnight protein oats using our Planta Force Complete vegan protein powder
• Feeling creative? How about some vegan pancakes made with our hemp protein powder and topped with summer fruits and dairy free yoghurt
• Can’t face eating in the morning: Why not make a protein smoothie using our Planta Force Complete Vegan protein powder?
• Quick and easy – Stir in a scoop of your favourite protein powder into some dairy free yoghurt and top with nuts and fruits.
In conclusion, whist we believe that every meal is just as important in order to live a healthy lifestyle, breakfast is particularly important to helping you start your day off right. Nutritionists believe it is best to consume your first meal within two hours of wakening. The benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast are weight loss, retaining muscle mass, increased levels of focus and keeping your blood sugar levels stable to avoid any cravings. If breakfast really isn’t for you, it is still a great idea to ensure your first meal is high in protein and full of vitamins and minerals.