September is often a time of transition as families – and indeed most of us – get back to a normal routine after a summer break.
Even if we’ve only had a week or two away ourselves, we all notice how much quieter the roads seem, how it can be difficult to get hold of people as they are away. The pace of life somehow feels a little slower.
The weather is starting to change too. This year we’ve been lucky to have some glorious late summer days, however the evenings and nights are damper and colder. Notoriously this is a bad time for people who suffer from asthma because the damp can exacerbate their condition.
Eating can impact all of these things. Good nutrition is known to help with low mood, depression and wellbeing over time.
It’s hard to be nutrition conscious though when you are pressed for time. When you have to get up in the morning, get dressed, take the dog for a walk, sort out lunchboxes, prepare for the day, catch the bus, dash for the train, queue for the car park. It can be very difficult to do that one thing which takes a little time – eat breakfast.
Many of us skip breakfast and that’s definitely not recommended by the UK government. Possibly if your cereal of choice is packed with sugar then it might be better not to bother. However it’s known that a good breakfast has a huge effect for the good on our memory, concentration, stress levels and it can stop us snacking in an unhealthy way. It’s especially important for children and their developing brains.
Here are seven foods which are great for breakfast and why:
*Eggs – high in protein and they promote fullness, try scrambled.
*Greek yoghurt – high in protein, reduces appetite, try with some fruit.
*Coffee – helps with mood and mental performance and boosts metabolism, not too much though!
*Oatmeal – rich in beta-glucon fibre, lowers cholesterol, antioxidants.
*Chia seeds – full of fibre, lowers blood sugars and blood pressure, full of antioxidants (and we sell them!) Check out our recipes for breakfast ideas that feature Chia seeds, such as this Lemon and Chia Seed Porridge
*Berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, lower in sugar than most fruits, higher in fibre with antioxidants.
*Green tea – contains low levels of caffeine and full of antioxidants.
However if you really don’t have time or you are running late one day – take some nutritious snacks with you so you don’t fill up on sugary treats or crisps – often the only choice you have if a vending machine is your only food option.
We’d recommend (well we would, wouldn’t we?) our healthy free-from snack bars here – they are guilt free and will keep you full until you are able to have a proper meal.
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