Research suggests that skipping breakfast can cause us to snack on high-calorie foods during the day and can also make us less active. People who eat a healthy breakfast are less likely to be overweight and have a lower risk of developing certain health conditions. These include diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Breakfast gives you a much-needed energy boost after a long stretch of ‘fasting’ during the night. If you find it difficult to eat in the morning, start with small portions and gradually, your appetite will increase.
If you are experiencing morning sickness, having a light breakfast as soon as you get up, will boost your blood sugar levels. This will hopefully help ease symptoms.
What makes a healthy breakfast?
Breakfast is a great time to take in important nutrients for you and your baby. These include B vitamins, folate, calcium and vitamin C.
A healthy breakfast could contain a combination of the following food groups:
Carbohydrates provides us with energy and fuel for the day ahead. They are also a valuable source of fibre to protect gut health. Breakfast carbohydrates could include:
- wholegrain bread
- low sugar/ high fibre breakfast cereal (try to have cereals that contain 5g of sugar per 100g or less)
- porridge oats.
Porridge and fruit
Keep it simple with some toast and a glass of milk
Scrambled eggs with a wholemeal bagel
Yoghurt and toppings