Breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day, especially for those of us trying to be healthy and maybe even shed a few festive pounds. And yet with the morning rush and long list of daily chores, many of us fall guilty in forgetting to grab a bite to eat in the morning before running out the door.
Research has proven time and time again that those who eat breakfast are more likely to shift the pounds when it comes to dieting and, more importantly, are the most successful in keeping it off.
And although so many of us turn to them as a quick option, cereals often contain lots of salt and sugar and don't give the slow release energy we need to keep us going until lunchtime.
Even picking up a banana to boost your energy levels as you leap out of bed will leave you less inclined to binge mid-morning or overeat when it comes around to lunch.
A substantial breakfast not only gives you leaps and bounds more energy, it reduces morning grumpiness and keeps your focus sharper.
Studies even show that children who eat breakfast are more alert and do better on tests than those who skip breakfast.
Of course at this time of year – after the over-indulgence of festive celebrations – all we want is a good detox. But this still requires remembering to eat in the morning – it's just about picking the right foods.
Ditch the Danishes and cream-topped lattes for a treat that will also cleanse your system. Smoothies and juices are super quick to make and packed full of essential vitamins and natural sugars that won't leave you grouchy with caffeine crash. We particularly love beetroot juice combined with either apples and grapefruit or pomegranates and oranges for a colourful start to the day.
But if you have the time, a boiled egg or omelette is the solution to providing protein to keep your concentration levels at their peak. Try combinations of smoked salmon with leafy greens for a sumptuous filling or swap for fried bacon and chorizo for a more indulgent day.
Try starting the day with one of our five super healthy breakfast recipes, easy to make and packed with goodness!