A Toast to A Good Day!
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,” American author and nutritionist Adelle Davis popularly advised.
With conscious effort and a balanced meal, eating breakfast can provide us with the vital nutrients and energy to start our day right.
Find out how easy and effective it is to benefit from a choice brekkie, and follow a simple recipe from SHATEC Culinary Ambassador Chef Samson, for a guilt-free yet luxurious morning pick-me-up!
Breakfast is known to boost memory and concentration.
When we eat complex carbohydrates in the morning, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread or wholegrain cereal, blood glucose is administered through the bloodstream into certain areas of the brain that maintain executive functions such as attention- or memory-related tasks.
A quality breakfast planned is “breaking the fast” from the previous day’s meal. Each morning, our brain has to tap on its few energy reserves and be replenished with a steady supply of nutrients.
It is also essential to consume protein, alongside complex carbs, for keeping our blood sugar levels in check, and blood sugar spikes or crashes at bay. Healthy proteins include: Egg whites, oats, avocado, soy products (tofu), quinoa, salmon, Greek yoghurt, to name a few.
A balanced breakfast can be a tasty, effective way to begin instilling healthy eating habits.
The combination of complex carbs and protein promotes satiety, a necessary step in regulating our weight and keeps us from reaching for a quick fix snacking. Protein reduces the level of the hunger hormone (ghreline) which increases appetite and boosts the hormone (peptide YY) that staves off hunger.
Some breakfast foods associated with weight loss are: Bananas, granola, smoothies with yoghurt and fruits, almonds, walnuts.